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 DISCO’S OUT, MURDER’S IN by ...

DISCO’S OUT, MURDER’S IN Heath Mattioli and David Spacone Illustrated by Raymond Pettibon 2015 Feral House Some people identify with being Punk or Metal. I fall into the Punk category. As far back as I can remember, Punk Rock has been the dominating soundtrack of my life. Yeah, some Metal bands do it for me but, for the most part, it’s not the type of music that moves me. I have a very good comprehension of the history of Punk. From The Stooges to The Ramones to Black Flag, I know those stories. One part of that history held unanswered questions for me. I’ve read GET IN THE VAN by Henry Rollins many times. It’s...

Frank DiMatteo Interview

Interviews are a strange thing to behold. I’ve interviewed writers, which is easy. You can sit down with a guy like Richard Kadrey and ask if he prefers Sam Peckinpah or Sergio Leone. Or a guy like Todd Robinson and ask about the benefits using a Sharpie as a weapon. Those are less interviews and more conversations with people who have read the same books as you and watched the same movies. You can talk shit and before you know it, 3 hours have passed. Frank DiMatteo was different… The man has been places and done things most people have only seen in movies or read in books. His father was a hit man and muscle for the Gallo Brothers...

Review of THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS by Frank DiMat...

THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS Frank DiMatteo July 2016 Kensington OK, first off, this is not a true crime mafia tell all. It is actually a memoir. Second, yes, there is death and mayhem, but not how you expect. Third, it’s not about a single gangster. It’s about the crew and the world around them. Some of you will pick up this book with preconceived notions. I did. That changed fast and it will for you readers as well. I digress; let me go back to the beginning. Frank DiMatteo was born into a world of mafia hitmen in 1950s South Brooklyn. There is no other way to put it. The Mafia was at its peak during that time. His father, Ricky...

Review of HEAVY by JJ Anselmi

HEAVY JJ Anselmi 2016 Rare Bird Books   Ok, picture a map of the United States. Most people even when looking at the full map only see certain areas. East Coast and West Coast. Texas. Florida. Those are givens. Some see that ribbon of cities Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, etc.   What’s missing? That entire swath of land from west of the Mississippi River to California.   That includes Wyoming.   I’ve been guilty of that myself.   Something I’ve wondered what is life like in those small nameless towns in the middle of nowhere? How do people life? Do they make it out? Do they eat...