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Publisher's Summary

Keith Morris is a true punk icon. No one else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore. Short and sporting waist-length dreadlocks, Morris is known the world over for his take-no-prisoners approach on the stage and his integrity off of it. Over the course of his 40-year career, he's battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry.

My Damage is more than a book about the highs and lows of a punk rock legend, however. It's also a look at rock 'n' roll through the lens of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man. It's a Hollywood story from a native's perspective. My Damage is Morris's streets, his scene, his music - as only he can tell it.

©2016 Keith Morris (P)2016 Tantor

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Being an old punk rock fan it was great!

Being an old school punk rocker I loved it brought back tons of memories. The odd thing for me was knowing Keith voice and his speech patterned hering somone else read it.

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keith rocks.

keith has such a humble perspective on music, and a very realatabe, perspective on punk and music on general. Keith comes across as genuine and has a great literary voice.

The narrator has a great voice but should have done more homework. He pronounces Fugazi wrong and sounds like an ass.

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a real punk ledgend!

this book was amazing. it was heartfelt honest and tells a damn good story of a man who carved his own path

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A down-to-earth rock memoir that minus rock star cliches.

Well balanced storytelling that keeps your attention throughout. No pretentious nonsense or post substance abuse preaching. Th narrator does a fine job, but I am very disappointed that the audio isn’t read by Keith himself. He is very animated storyteller and his vocal persona would have been exceptional on this. This book is a must have for any American punk music fan.

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Honest and Ready to Live

First off, I was dissapointed that Keith Morris did not read the memoir. Mr. Morris has a wonderful voice which would have made the story come to life in a manner this audio book did not. Had I known he was not reading I would not have bought this and would have read the book myself.

As for the story, it was awesome. I really enjoyed it, cringed at times, and left me hoping for the "break" he deserved. Mr. Morris is the ultimate front man, having seen him with the Jerks 6 times and with Off 4 times, each time is as exciting as it was that first time in 1985. He appreciation for music that is good, not just punk or hardcore, just music.

Mr. Morris is what Rock n Roll is all about.

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great story

a good history from one of punks founding memberd. well worth it and a great listen.

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A solid performance and engaging stories

Easy book to get through... recovery is a common theme in most rock and roll books but was a minor point here thankfully... we have heard it before but the bands and stories we're great. Well done Keith, we love you.

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Well done...

Keith Morris is a living legend. This book is authentic, well written and well narrated. If you grew up in LA and experienced the greater LA punk scene in the late 70's and 80's this is a must read. But this book goes way beyond the scene he was instrumental in creating and delves into the challenges Keith wrestled with including his addictions, the duplicity of the music industry, and diabetes and brings us right up the present and the new chapter he is writing as the lead singer of Off. Well done.

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one of the best books i have listened too

Kieth is the man and will always be the man. i wish i could go back in time and see the Circle jerks. out of every old school punk rock singers Kieth is my all time fave. too here these story's and know that there are people out there that would consider greenday to be punk cements something i have always preached they are not and pisses me the fuck OFF! that they would think that and there is Kieth out there busting his ass for all those years not getting the money he damn well deserves. i hope i did my part by getting this book. and hope he makes a billion dollars on it if he wasnt making music the world would have missed out on a man they took for granted. OFF! ,Circle jerks make me feel like i am 13 years old again raging down the streets on my skateboard with a crew of all my friends

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Great insight into one of LA punk's founding fathers

Loved the book. Recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in contemporary music history. Only critique is that I would've preferred to hear Keith's charismatic voice telling the story, as opposed to an actor, who did a fine job, but He's not Keith...