My Damage

The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)

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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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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 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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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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If you don't like Keith well you're not Punk Rock!

Grew up in OC during this time. I loved the scene. I wish growing up I had a mentor like Keith. I would probably be dead, but hey " live fast........

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Long live Keith!

Great book! I have been listening to Keith's music since I was 9 years old and have always been fascinated with his work. I don't always agree with his viewpoints but I respect his honesty and how he carries himself. This book captures all that is Keith Morris and everyone should read this book, not just punks. He delivers a true and honest story and it is very relatable. Bravo!

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Punk Rock History

This audiobook will kick you in the teeth and shake your neurotic nihilistic party trip to the max! Worth every penny and Keith is in perfect form writing in his own unique, honest style. 1-2-3-4 My Damage is #1!

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Great punk anecdotes

Keith Morris' stories are sometimes painful sometimes funny all brutally honest. Must read punk book.

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Really good Keith’s stories were really good. This book introduced me to bands I never heard of and I’ve looked them up on Spotify really enjoyed this book