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This eloquent, entertaining, sometimes absurdly hilarious book is a tale of how an anxious theater nerd from Long Island created and ultimately emerged from a hell of his own making.

Tossed out of two colleges his freshman year, Scott Alderman was a drug addled coke dealer with no future and no aspirations, until he found a mentor and discovered untapped talents. A swift rise in the music business seemed as exhilarating, frightening, and out of control as the secret life he led trawling gay bathhouses and Times Square pick-up spots for sex and drugs. And just as his career began to take off, he started using heroin, kicking off an odyssey of rehabs, mental hospitals, busts, and disastrous jazz tours.

A caustic gay drug counselor and a critical edition of On the Road finally broke through, and showed him a path to living honestly and without fear. Written as a testament for his young son, Scott Alderman's account of his wasted youth and hard-earned manhood will resonate with and inspire anyone who has been lost and struggled to find their way back.




"The micro-genre of the coming-of-age, queer junkie confessional memoir has been graced with a new entry in its impressive pantheon. In Get Off, Scott Alderman regales the reader with one harrowing (and piss-in-the-pants funny) tale after another in this ripe, if slender, page-turner. William Burroughs’ Junky, John Rechy’s City of Night and Jim Carroll’s Basketball Diaries all come to mind as Alderman narrates his journey from the teenage wasteland of 1970s Long Island suburbia to the city’s mean streets to rehab  to reinvention as a successful jazz impresario. This is the voice of a natch’l born raconteur with the courage to venture to the darkest spaces of the human heart with uncanny compassion and deep honesty."

- Oliver Trager, author of Dig Infinity!


"Get Off is genuine and honest and powerful. The writing has incredible momentum and sustained movement, really conveying the velocity and chaos of the experiences; there's a real feeling of life happening. Even when the book veers into the extreme, the voice is open and matter-of-fact, which leaves the reader free to react. This is an intense and rewarding memoir."
- Vivian Heller, author of City Beneath Us


"Prepare yourself for a rollicking, shocking, and inspiring story of life’s lowest lows and greatest heights in Get Off: The Sordid Youth and Unlikely Survival of a Queer Junkie Wonder Boy by Scott Alderman. This tell-all read is graphic and unabashed, detailing a life of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll from both extremes: the ecstatic and the tragic. Unsentimental but sincere, Alderman is able to get past the romance of his own tall tales to pry out wisdom and meaning, as well as difficult lessons that ring timeless for youth of any generation."

- Self-Publishing Review


"Scott Alderman's book is the story of a scrappy genius, a scenester connector, navigating the rock and jazz music worlds of D.C. and New York, all the while riding the highs and lows of drug addiction and the pain and confusion of a closeted life. A fast-paced portrait of a young life lived."

- Rachel Lindsay, author of RX