Bad Trips: How I Went from Vice Reporter to International Drug Smuggler

Bad Trips: How I Went from Vice Reporter to International Drug Smuggler

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The true story of a music editor at VICE who tried to become the coolest reporter the company had ever had -- by becoming an international drug smuggler.

In 2019, music reporter Slava P, an editor for VICE media, was sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting friends into a scheme to smuggle cocaine from the U.S. into Australia. Five of them were already in jail. Immediately, Slava P was internationally infamous. Was he a victim of pressure to commit extreme acts for the sake of a good story? A product of a drug-obsessed work environment? Or a manipulator who pushed vulnerable young people into crime?

Here, Slava P tells his side of the story: what exactly happened and how the precarious, dog-eat-dog atmosphere of a media company can lead the young, the naive, and the ambitious into taking crazy risks.

Bad Trips is a story about drugs, hip-hop, influencers, and glamour, set against the backdrop of one of the world's most influential news and entertainment sites, VICE. Its cast of beautiful young people and semi-famous rappers passes from the seediest apartments to the most elegant of private clubs. Slava P's chronicling of his years at this famous hotbed of excess is a piercing insight into contemporary media culture.

All royalties from the sale of Bad Trips go to co-author Brian Whitney.

Author: Slava Pastuk
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Published: 05/03/2022
Pages: 248
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.25lbs
Size: 8.43h x 5.43w x 0.71d
ISBN: 9781459749252

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/21/2022

About the Author
Slava Pastuk was sent to prison in 2019 for a well-publicized drug smuggling conviction. Before that, he was a culture writer whose work has been featured in VICE, COMPLEX, CollegeHumor, and various other publications. His experience has given Slava a unique -- and at times, staggering -- look at both the media and drug industries.