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About Russell Brand
Since rising to fame in 2003, Russell Brand has established himself as one of one of the world’s most celebrated stand-up comedians.
Aside from stand-up, Russell is also a phenomenally successful author, broadcaster, actor, podcaster, columnist, political commentator and mental health & drug rehabilitation activist.
He has 2 cats, a dog, a wife, a baby, 10 chickens and 60 thousand bees, in spite of being vegan curious.
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A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery
“This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.” —Russell Brand
With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction—from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not “Why are you addicted?” but "What pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running—into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person’s arms?"
Russell has been in all the twelve-step fellowships going, he’s started his own men’s group, he’s a therapy regular and a practiced yogi—and while he’s worked on this material as part of his comedy and previous bestsellers, he’s never before shared the tools that really took him out of it, that keep him clean and clear. Here he provides not only a recovery plan, but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world.
Russell Brand explores the idea of mentoring and shares what he's learned from the guidance of his own helpers, heroes and mentors.
Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself? Mentors – the follow up to the New York Times bestseller Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.
"I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great globe itself, are works in progress and that through a chain of mentorship we can improve individually and globally, together . . . One of the unexpected advantages my drug addiction granted is that the process of recovery that I practise includes a mentorship tradition.
"I will encourage you to find mentors of your own and explain how you may better use the ones you already have. Furthermore, I will tell you about my experiences mentoring others and how invaluable that has been on my ongoing journey to self-acceptance and how it has helped me to transform from a bewildered and volatile vagabond to a (mostly) present and (usually) focussed husband and father."—Russell Brand
Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author – from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all – consciously and unconsciously – choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.
We all know the system isn’t working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there’s nothing we can do: “It’s just the way things are.”
In this book, Russell Brand hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents, with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell, a vision for a fairer, sexier society that’s fun and inclusive.
You have been lied to, told there’s no alternative, no choice, and that you don’t deserve any better. Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists, and BBC stalwarts.
This book makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun.
“A child’s garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. With the flick of his enviable pen, he can summarize childhood thus: ‘My very first utterance in life was not a single word, but a sentence. It was, ‘Don’t do that.’... Russell Brand has a compelling story." — New York Times Book Review
The gleeful and candid New York Times bestselling autobiography of addiction, recovery, and rise to fame from Russell Brand, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and one of the biggest personalities in comedy today.
Picking up where he left off in My Booky Wook, movie star and comedian Russell Brand details his rapid climb to fame and fortune in a shockingly candid, resolutely funny, and unbelievably electrifying tell-all: Booky Wook 2. Brand’s performances in Arthur, Get Him to the Greek, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall have earned him a place in fans’ hearts; now, with a drop of Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, a dash of Tommy Lee’s Dirt, and a spoonful of Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries, Brand goes all the way—exposing the mad genius behind the audacious comic we all know (or think we know) and love (or at least, lust).
Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now except their teeth weren’t so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin. The people of Hamelin were a pompous bunch who loved themselves and their town so much that if it were possible they would have spent all day zipped up in a space suit smelling their own farts. But space suits hadn’t been invented yet so they couldn’t.
Then one day without warning a gang of rats bowled into the town and began causing a right rumpus…
So begins Russell Brand’s wildly funny and surprisingly wise retelling of the classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up kid, you’ll be chuckling the whole way through this zany story that bypasses Brand’s more adult humor for the outrageous, the madcap, and the just plain silly.
Maybe you’ve heard about the Pied Piper before, with his strange music and those pompous townspeople and pesky rats. Or maybe you haven’t. But one thing is for sure: you’ve never heard it quite like this.
This collection of Russell Brand's columns for The Guardian not only follows the drama and tumult of the domestic and international football season but also a season in the life of one of our most celebrated comic talents.
Brand chronicles events both on and off the pitch as he travels between Upton Park and Hollywood. In his literary riffings, football legends and newfound heroes brush shoulders with a pantheon of cultural icons. Matches are won and lost, Brand's faith in his beloved West Ham tested, while the palette of company he keeps stretches from Morrissey to Gallagher to Gascoigne and back again.
Managerial manoeuvres at Wigan are discussed in reference to Joe Orton and the mysteries of the souks. The departure of Mourinho sparks reminisces of the shapely arse of a previous girlfriend. Love blossoms in the unlikely form of Paolo DiCanio. Arsenal's fluidity and purpose brings to mind yogic coitus of Sting and Trudie Styler. And the fate of his beloved West Ham is seen in parallel with the workings of his legendary libido.
'On what little things does happiness depend' he quotes Oscar Wilde - in football as in life.
»Mentoren« – das Nachfolgebuch des »Sunday Times«-Bestsellers »Die 12 Schritte aus der Sucht« – geht genau dieser Frage nach und erklärt, was zwischenmenschliche Hilfe bewirken kann.
»Ich habe in jedem Lebensbereich Mentoren an meiner Seite – als Schauspieler, als Vater, als Ex-Junkie, als spiritueller Mensch –, und ich bin fest davon überzeugt, dass wir als Einzelne – wie die Welt als Ganzes – im stetigen Wandel sind und wir uns nur als Gemeinschaft weiterentwickeln können.« Russell Brand
In »Mentoren« verrät Russell Brand, wie eine Reihe bedeutender Menschen sein Leben verändert hat – angefangen von seiner missratenen Jugend in Essex über seine Jahre als Ex-Junkie bis hin zur Gegenwart, in der seine Mentoren ihm helfen, ein guter Mensch und Vater zu sein. In seinem Buch ergründet er, wie jeder Mensch – bewusst oder unbewusst – nach Vorbildern, Mentoren und Helden sucht und wie sie neue Perspektiven in das eigene Leben bringen können. Und er ermuntert den Leser, selbst einen Mentor fürs Leben zu finden, um von dessen Erfahrungen zu profitieren und schließlich selbst einmal die eigenen Erfahrungen als Mentor teilen zu können.
Auch Russell Brand war abhängig. Abhängig von Drogen, Alkohol, Sex, Geld, Liebe und Ruhm.
In diesem Buch verrät er, wie es ihm gelungen ist, sich von den Zwängen seines Lebens zu lösen.
Nur 12 Schritte sind vonnöten – jeder kann sich von seinen Abhängigkeiten befreien, ganz neue Perspektiven kennenlernen und wahre Freiheit erlangen. Wer es wirklich will, kann es schaffen!
Unser gegenwärtiges System dient dazu, den Reichtum einer kleinen Elite aufzublähen, während der Rest der Menschheit kleingehalten und unser Planet zerstört wird. Jeder weiß das, aber keiner tut etwas dagegen. Der ganze Kyoto-Kram – reduzieren wir den CO 2-Ausstoß um den Wert x bis zum Jahr y – ist jedenfalls nichts weiter als gequirlte Scheiße, meint Russell Brand. Eine bloße Geste, eine Alibiveranstaltung. In etwa so wie der Salat, den sie bei McDonald’s anbieten. Um die Erde wirklich zu retten, muss das System grundlegend verändert werden. Wir müssen radikal umdenken, ja, wir brauchen eine Revolution. Und zwar jetzt gleich!