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Heroin, Acting, and Comedy in New York City


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Barry Spunt
    Pages 1-40
  3. Barry Spunt
    Pages 41-75
  4. Barry Spunt
    Pages 77-112
  5. Barry Spunt
    Pages 113-139
  6. Barry Spunt
    Pages 141-169
  7. Barry Spunt
    Pages 171-179
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-191

About this book


This book focuses on New York City-based actors and comedians who are self-acknowledged heroin users. Barry Spunt examines a number of hypotheses about the reasons why actors and comedians use heroin as well as the impact of heroin on performance, creativity, and career trajectory.  A primary concern of the book is the role that subculture and identity play in helping us to understand the heroin use of these entertainers. Spunt captures the voices of actors and comedians through narrative accounts from a variety of secondary sources. He also examines how New York-based films about heroin relate to the major themes of his research.


Film Drugs Andy Warhol Pop Culture Theatre Comedians Entertainment Industry New York City-based actors New York City-based comedians actors heroin self-acknowledged heroin users subculture drug subculture New York-based films entertainers The Panic in Needle Park film analysis New York city drug culture career trajectory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNYNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Barry Spunt is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, USA.

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