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The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon Audiobook

The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon

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Publisher's Summary

The long awaited republishing of NYHC Legend, John Bloodclot Joseph's raw and unfiltered autobiography. As real as it gets!

Updated with new chapters.

In his newly updated autobiography, NYHC legend John Bloodclot Joseph recounts his hard times and spiritual redemption. A traumatic childhood in foster homes was just the beginning of John's evolution. Before fronting one of the most important bands in the underground punk scene, the Cro-Mags, John faced homelessness, addiction, betrayal and insanity. Still, even his success couldn't save him from a relapse that set him back to square one - rock bottom. The book is a raw and unapologetic autobiography about his life. Consider yourself warned.

©2017 Loud Speaker Publishing Co. (P)2017 Loud Speaker Publishing Co.

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    Richard 04-21-17
    Richard 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Captured me from beginning to end!"

    There are so many stories in this book that could be their own books. I found myself waking up in the morning looking forward to listening and waiting to go inside to see my family until the section I was listening to was completed.
    The author telling about these events in his own words made it even better. I would tell my wife about some of the stories and I would start taking like the writer to relay them.
    I cannot imagine going through what he's been through and coming out the other side at all - and definitely not with a positive mental attitude. Salute to this man, his story, and his evolution.

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    08-03-17
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    "John Joseph, thanks for this brother."

    No words can express how good this book is. I feel lucky to have found it. So many stories. I hope he writes more memories of old New York. John Joseph was always one of my "heroes" but after checking this out I consider him my friend.

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    2boxer2 07-31-17
    2boxer2 07-31-17
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    "OUTSTANDING!"

    This book takes the reader on a hell of a roller coaster ride! That ride starts on page one and doesn't let up until the very last page of the very last chapter.

    The audible makes you feel like your sitting in a room with the man himself as he recounts his shocking life story. All the while your jaw is laying on the floor trying to process what this guy has been through.

    John Joseph … PART SINNER, PART SAINT… 100% CRO MAG.

    Don't make the mistake of thinking this is a book just for fans of the cro mags. I didn't know anything about the band or John Joseph; but I'm a huge fan now.

    I hope others will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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    MICHAEL HERRMANN 07-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen."

    The first audio book in years that I couldn't wait to get back to and actually listened to it in it's entirety. Perfect timing of finding this at such a low point in my life. I will be seeing his band in a couple of weeks as well.
    Thanks John. Much appreciation.

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    John M Berube 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Stupendous"

    This was an amazing book...not sure why there isn't a movie to go along with it..or a miniseries...kudos to you John..you've had a crazy life..I'm impressed.
    Excellent audio

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    Guinness Boi 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Read it or die"

    Awesome story. Its sad, hilarious, and jaw droppingly inspiring. I was bummed when it ended.

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    tacomalo 07-04-17
    tacomalo 07-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny, shocking, sad, inspiring. Truly epic."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What an epic story. This audio book earns my strongest recommendation. Where do I even begin?<br/><br/>John's story is multi-layered. A historical piece about New York in the 70's and 80's, a rock and roll memoir, a coming of age tale, a true-life crime story, expose of the Hare Krishna movement, a discussion of philosophy. It is a story about a life, and like life, it takes many paths but is all woven together into a single entity.<br/><br/>The story telling is raw, politically incorrect, often full of rocker ego...and also 100% full of heart and honesty. After the 19 hours of the reading, you will walk away feeling like you know this guy.<br/><br/>The actual reading of the book is dynamic and real. Audio books often have a very hard time nailing a reading that conveys emotion. John's reading feels like you are having a passionate conversation about his life and the lessons he has learned.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon?

    So many stories from John's life....all of them insane. I have had people tell me I should write a book about my life because of some of my wild tales. They don't hold a candle.


    Which character – as performed by John Joseph – was your favorite?

    John himself. Twisted and inspirational at the same time. Also...this guy is great at imitating the deep cast of characters he has crossed paths with. I laughed out loud!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final chapter and the epilogue moved me to tears. As in life there is no happy ending, but it reminds the listener that life is a journey and we should all strive for better things. Or as John would say, balance. It really hit home, and I will be following up to learn more about some of the teachings John has made part of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Epic and a must listen. With John's dynamic storytelling ability, I would guess that listening to this book is better than reading it. I really feel like I just spent 19 hours hanging out with this punk rock veteran absorbing the lessons he had to share.

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    C. Toering 06-24-17
    C. Toering 06-24-17
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    "Wow"

    Wow this book was honest raw and super fantastic. Thank you John for your courage! Thank you for your encouragement. Peace.

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    Martin Washington D.C. 06-09-17
    Martin Washington D.C. 06-09-17

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    "Must Read"

    If you still have a shred of punk left in you, listen to this book!

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    James Musgrove 05-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful, painful, and positive"

    This book isn't for the faint of heart, like the description says, and it's honestly hard to listen to at time. The author/reader's voice adds true depth to these stories of tragedy and recovery. Great stuff, even for someone like me who has never heard of the Cro-Mags. Thanks to @OGKevinGill for the recommendation. PMA 4 LIFE!!!

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  • Philip Cunningham
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    "Pure Authenticity"

    Great story, great performance but some editing issues (some sentences are repeated at different points).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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