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Depravity, redemption, terror, and spiritual deliverance abound in this physically and psychologically complex memoir from the front man of the pioneer punk band True Sounds of Liberty (TSOL). Spanning the extremes between hard-core punk memoir and handbook for recovery and survival, this narrative documents a youth rebellion that changed the world and offered life lessons rooted in 1980s punk culture. At times unsettling and violent, this book is doused in aggression, rebellion, alcoholism, and drug abuse, culminating in tough lessons of sobriety and absolution. This captivating, dark, and ultimately redemptive life story will fascinate fans of punk and resonate with those who have suffered from addiction issues.

©2011 Jack Grisham (P)2012 Bad Idea Music

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Relatable if you had religion force fed to you.

Well written and narrated.
Best part for me was Jack's transition from demon to human.

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Where's the Ending?

I'm a huge fan of Jack Grisham in all his forms, whether it be TSOL or as a proponent for 12-step recovery.
I had this book a while back but never got around to reading it, but figured with this stay at home order I would
purchase the audio book and listen to it around the house. It's great, and Mr. Grisham does an amazing job
reading life into his words, drawing you in with his charm and charisma. But as the audio time is starts winding down and
you keep thinking, "How's this gonna finish?" In the end it doesn't, there's not even a "to be continued" moment or ending.
It just ends. It's a bummer because this is so well done, you want to see the proper transformation of the "demon" to the
outstanding "human" he is now.

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Great book!

Really well written and a great story. I remember tsol well and I’m really digging the prose and the story telling. I’m a sober guy and that’s where the story picks up next I imagine.

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Incredible...stunning...

This tale is one of two things: 1) a harrowing account of utter, relentless psychopathy or 2) per the title, a memoir of a demon walking among us in human form. An argument can be made for the second possibility, as Grisham not only seeks out degradation, brutality and debauchery but actually exults in it...pain, misery, every stripe of suffering is welcomed and plumbed for mockery, sport and endless thrills. This aspect makes the case for his being what he states he is. It's not posited as metaphor. He draws a distinction, even from early years, between himself and the human world, going into great detail throughout the reading of the cosmology of the demon and its differences in comparison to humans. Listeners will blanch at the catalog of madness, even though Grisham would probably laugh and ask them hey...what did they expect?

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Very good audiobook

I'm 50 now I can relate. Early 80's ruled for punk,Tsol had wild lyrics, now I no why. My top 5 Tsol ,80-84 DxIx 83,Social distortion83, Bad Brains 86, GxIx87, Cause it's my choice. thx

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Interesting read

Thoughtful. Tongue in cheek.
Very different than author's recovery based writing. Initially found audio narration difficult, but soldiered through by reading instead. Highly Recommended.

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Excellent

It was perfect. ITS A REALLY GREAT READ. I wish it were longer. Cant wait to read his others.
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Disappointing "ending"

Good writing . . . until the "end" . . . The "ending" seemed more like the author just stopped writing, ran out of paper, ink or the battery on his laptop died and he just called it quits, idk, not really an ending, very disappointing . . . Oh well.

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