Feral House Punk Books Part 3

20 Oct

Hard-Core: Life of My Own
September 27, 2016- Feral House
Written by: Harley Flanagan
Introduction By Steven Blush

Harley Flannigan’s book is difficult to classify. It’s part-contradiction, extreme violence, and drugs while maintaining a vegetarian Hare Krishna lifestyle. It’s a punk rock family tree, child drummer of The Stimulators and hardcore poster-boy with The Cro-Mags. There are moments where you wonder if Harley is a full-blown sociopath, then he exposes heartfelt stories of his mom and bits of his dad and his children.

In other words, Harley opened up his life to the readers and he is not easy to classify. There are many layers.

There are not many other people that started as child authors that had Allen Ginsberg write their introduction and then have Patti Smith call on their mom at the tail end of her life.

Flannigan is a polarizing figure. The book is written in a way that, you feel like you are walking the streets of the Lower East Side and Harley is pointing out where everything happened in the history of New York punk.

What a life this man has led. From roaming around Europe with his hippie mother as a kid to 12-year-old punk-rocker with the Stimulators to starting the Lower East Side’s skin movement, Harley’s lived 10 lifetimes.

There’s so much here that it’s almost impossible to list it all: Meeting famous people at a very young age, squatting and surviving the Lower East Side gang culture, Hare Krishna, and making history with the Cro-Mags – mixed with drugs and enough violence to make the most hardened gangbanger squeamish. To live this life and end up a healthy, happy husband and father of two is damn near miraculous.

If you’ve read American Hardcore and New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB by Steven Blush, Hard-Core: Life of My Own by Harley Flanagan is the perfect companion piece.

I’ve read a lot of music, biographies, and this one ranks near the top.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Feral House Punk Books Part 3”

  1. 1
    Roger Dean Says:

    Great review of a crazy-ass book!

  2. 2
    gibson ruiz Says:

    “polarizing” is putting it kindly.

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