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My Damage

By: Keith Morris,Jim Ruland
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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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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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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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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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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Good book, iffy reading

For the autobio of one of the all-time best voices in music, why is it being read by a narrator? The guy is ok but very dry. Also he mispronounces Fugazi!!

As for book itself, it’s pretty entertaining but barely talks about the content of the music and albums, which is odd.

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Incredible!

Amazingly vivid recollections of a true American icon. Every chapter had me on the edge of my seat saying, "No f-ing way!"

This is a must read for any punk rock fan but I think would also be of interest to anyone who is striving toward a dream. Keep going.

I was reminded of some bands I'd forgotten about and turned on to some I didn't know about (Off! rocks). I was inpsired. I was floored. What a great addition to all the work that Keith Morris has put out there. Thank you!

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Emmett

This was an amazing book. It made me look at music differently. It made me look at music through the perspective of a front man. It also made me consider being a front man and I have been a drummer for 2 years! Hubby recommended.

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Great story, very relatable

One of the good guys from early years of hardcore music and a great reminder of why I still love it.

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Fantastic story

Sometimes a memoir is good enough just being a memoir. I did this, then that happened, problems solved, the end. But this was different. Kieth’s writing style conveys the brutal honesty of a life lived in pursuit of a musical truth. Bands that didn’t work out. Ego’s so big that promising careers and talents were wasted, etc. Kieth fully admits his own parts in all of this, yet does so in such a humble way that the listener comes across with a feeling of compassion rather than judgement. At least I did. His honesty about addiction, and thankfully recovery really exposed Kieth for the true human that he is. And add on some significant health problems. Wow. Kieth, if I ever see you. I will just thank you for being a part of my own musical journey. I just hope I’m not keeping you from getting somewhere.

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A great retelling of the early LA punk scene from one of the OG’s

Great listen and relatable. Somewhat raw and unfiltered which is what I love about it. Keith could have went deeper into how some of the relationships went south during the years but showed great restraint. He would write about some of the falling outs but didn’t slam or crush anyone too horribly which showed he isn’t out for revenge but just wanted to tell his story. I am an even bigger fan of the band and now the person.

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My Damage - (no regrets)

I’ve waited years to finally hear this story. This is the story from the greatest punk vocalist to have ever lived. Through years of missteps and bad decisions - Mr. Keith Morris finally gets his life in a sort of balance. It is beautiful!

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