Review of ALTAMONT:THE ROLLING STONES, THE HELLS A...

ALTAMONT:THE ROLLING STONES, THE HELLS ANGELS & THE INSIDE STORY OF ROCK’S DARKEST DAY Joel Selvin Dey Street Books 8/2016 The free concert at the Altamont Speedway given by the Rolling Stones on December 6th 1969 was destined to fail. It was a machine with many moving parts and no operator at the controls. However, contrary to popular belief, the root causes do not just lay with The Stones or the Hells Angels. Lots of people and minor incidents added to the sum total of it’s abject failure. 1969 was the year the tide turned. The peak was Woodstock. After Woodstock, Charles Manson and the concert at Altamont were the signs...

Review of BLOOD IN THE WATER:THE ATTICA PRISON UPR...

BLOOD IN THE WATER:THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND IT’S LEGACY Heather Ann Thompson Pantheon Books August, 2016 This book broke my heart. I can’t think of the last book I’ve read that hit me on such a profound emotional level. The Attica Prison Uprising took place over the dates of September 9-13, 1971. Roughly 1300 prisoners took control of the prison. They had guards and civilian employees as hostages. In a nutshell, the cause of the riot was prison conditions which were deplorable on many levels. For days there were negotiations for the safe release of the hostages. Then September 13, 1971, the Governor Nelson...

Review of Hard-Core: Life of My Own by Harley Flan...

HARD-CORE: LIFE OF MY OWN Harley Flanagan 2016 Feral House  Harley Flanagan has been on my radar for years. Less for the music of the Cro Mags and more for the fact that for as long as I can remember, he has shown up in pictures and been mentioned in articles ranging from Hardcore to 70s/80s NYC to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to tattoos. His name has been mentioned in discussions I’ve had with fans of punk rock to the dude who taught me how to properly deadlift (Yo Ben, dat be you) and more. So many instances of reading a quote or seeing a snippet of an interview made me think, “Huh, this guy is alive and intact. He’s clearly a survivor. I bet he’s...

Review of All The Burning Bridges by Neliza Drew

ALL THE BURNING BRIDGES Neliza Drew Blinking Neon Press, 2016 This book took me by surprise. It came to me recommended by reputable sources. One person said “Hey you should check this one out. It may not be your thing but have a look”. That intrigued me. People usually say “Hey this book is as twisted as you are, Get after it” Nobody has ever said to me get out of your comfort zone and try something new….At least not when it comes to reviewing. And to take all this even further, some books appear at the right times when you need them the most. Lately I’ve had a steady diet of the most nihilistic fiction...

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin Reviewed

Patty Was A Punk….. American Heiress Jeffrey Toobin Doubleday 8/2016 As I read this, I could hear punk rock. 2 songs in particular. Judy is a Punk by The Ramones which references the SLA and She by The Misfits which was inspired by Patty Hearst and her story. Both are fitting, 2.00-2.30 long punk songs because the story of Patty was a loud short violent blast. Let’s rewind.     Everyone knows about the 1960s. It started with JFK and The Beatles and and grew into hippies, peace and love. You had Vietnam, Woodstock, protests, civil rights, marches, protests, riots, and assassinations. People seemed to think they could...