Mike Edison : Bio


Mike Edison is the former editor and publisher of High Times magazine. His books include the celebrated memoir I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, the sprawling social history of sex on the newsstand, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! and the deliciously filthy political satire Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie. Edison also writes about food and wine, most notably collaborating with restaurateur and viniculturist Joe Bastianich on his New York Times bestselling memoir, Restaurant Man, of which writer Bret Easton Ellis has said, “The directness and energy have a cinematic rush . . . not a single boring sentence.” Edison’s most recent book is You Are a Complete Disappointment, A Triumphant Memoir of Failed Expectations. 

Edison was a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, where he has spoken frequently on free speech and censorship. 

Edison has worked as a foreign correspondent for Hustler and was a high-paid gun-for-hire of the legendary Penthouse letters. He has contributed to numerous magazines and websites, including the Daily Beast, the New York Observer, Spin, Interview, the Huffington Post, and the New York Press, for which he covered classical music and professional wrestling. Edison has also written extensive liner notes and press materials for popular artists and rock music groups including Iggy Pop, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, with whom he has worked closely for many years. Most recently he has become a contributor to the re-launched OMNI magazine, writing about science, science fiction, and space travel.

In addition, Edison is an internationally known musician and ferociously dedicated storyteller, and can be heard every Sunday on his show Arts & Seizures on the Heritage Radio Network. Edison lives and works in Brooklyn. 

“Mike Edison’s cultural dispatches, broadcast work, and editorial eye have made him an eminently recognizable personality.” — Brooklyn, Vol. 1

“Proof positive that one can be both edgy and erudite, lowbrow and literate, and take joy in the unbridled pleasures of the id without sacrificing the higher mind.” — PopMatters.com