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April 16, 2017

Why you MUST read Harley Flanagan’s book

Musician's memoirs and books documenting some long-gone music scene are among my least favorite things to read. They usually amount to little more than some old guy telling a bunch of stories about how things were so much better back in HIS day (old farts in "American Hardcore" talking about how hardcore died in 1984, I'm looking at you) and glamorizing/romanticizing a lot of self-destructive or anti-social behavior-- and with a stark lack of reflection, introspection or critical thinking about the times documented in the book. You usually get the sense that the person writing the book really wishes they could hop in a time machine and just relive that period over and over again, like some weird punk version of "Groundhog Day." And maybe to normies it's interesting to read a bunch of stories about fighting, drugs, and debauchery, but to those of us who have seen and/or lived…
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