The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon

Narrated by: John Joseph
Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
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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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amazing

wow, was the first word that came to mind when I began this book, little did I know that I would be using that word quite often. John's story if full of pain and struggle but positivity as well. How someone can overcome these situations is amazing. PMA. great book

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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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A Must read !

John's Evolution of a Cro-Magnon is not just good entertainment, it is a raw depiction of a journey to enlightenment. It is truly a blessing to have experienced his story. thanks John, you have given me renewed hope in life. Big changes are happening in my life. Leaving a toxic relationship, and moving on to positivity and a healthy spiritual journey. Thanks again!

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I’m at a loss for words

There was nothing I disliked about this book. Was almost brought to tears many times. How someone can turn their life around in such a positive way after having so many cards stacked against him, is so motivational! The story was told brilliantly. I’m at a loss for words after hearing John’s life story.

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was a great book I would recommend it

loved his style of reading made me pay attention and I was entertained all the way through it I'm definitely going to listen to it a few more times thank you audible for putting this on and thank you John Joseph.

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Best Autobiography Ever

After reading John Joseph's story, I realize that it be can overcome such adversity then so can I. Great job John! Thanks for making the world a better place!

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The book is a literal life savor

I started reading this when I was down. And boy did it bring my spirits up. I wish I could explain in words how this book has helped me in so many ways discuss things that I never thought I’d be able to discuss. But it’s opened me up to a whole new world. Thanks to the beast behind Cro Mags for speaking up. ❤️

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riveting storytelling

I loved this book for its raw honesty. This guy is a true hero. Thanks John

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Amazing story

I’ve known about this book for too long, but finally got around to checking it out. I devoured the 20 hours in a few days. I’ve been a fan of the Cro-mags since the mid-90’s as a NYC native. This was an intense ride and a reminder of what people go through every day and the choices they can make as a result.

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a story that pushes alot of buttons

I had to stop and gather my thoughts and process what i was reading at least once chapter. I relate to more than a number of situations, even to the point of finding IM Triathlons as an outlet for shit. mThis book was recommended by my Yoga / Meditation Instructor and it was exactly everything he said it would be

This journey is not for the faint of heart, but it is a true testament proving that no matter what life fucking deals you, only you can decide if you want to get sucked into the vortex, or if you want to become a beacon.

thank you for this. I cant wait to read the next one !

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  • Philip
  • 06-26-17

Pure Authenticity

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-17

So f.....ing good!!!!

What a cracking book! Especially with Jonh f....ing voice
I really enjoyed it
Thanks mate

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-20

Absolute MUST listen, it's an eye-opener!

wow, I mean where do I start! I already had a lot of heart and admiration for JJ, but this took it to a whole new level!

heartbreaking yet energetic,
breathtaking and exiting!

Just unbelievable! THANK YOU DUDE

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  • Flavour1gb
  • 05-30-20

What a journey

Drugs, violence, punk rock, spirituality, abuse, negativity, positivity, what a journey John had, incredible listen

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  • marco fan
  • 04-01-20

Inspirational and deep

John Joseph proves through this inspirational and moving piece that anything is possible no matter what life throws at you. The positivity that he projects is astonishing. Delivered with humour and wit. John, I salute you.

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  • james c.
  • 03-18-20

Amazing, raw, enlightening

A great listen! This man has lived one hell of a life! A truly amazing story and told so well by John himself with his raw new york accent! Compleat with impressions of all the crazy characters in this book really puts you into the scene!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-19

Awesome story

Only issue is some duplication of sentences. Amazing book, been through so much and still has such a positive mindset. Listen if you are interested in a heavy, intense, brutal yet uplifting and inspirational story.

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  • Thomas Whyte
  • 06-16-19

Excellent

John tells his story I his own, no so subtle, words.
Funny, emotional and Inspiring.

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  • Steven Hornsby
  • 02-24-19

wow amazing life. tough and also funny stories

I only heard of John Joseph a few weeks ago on the London Real you tube channel. I watched the documentary iron mind and was intrigued by this character. I'm not really into punk music so did not buy it for that reason but John is the singer for punk band the Cro-mags.
All I can say is WOW. What a life, what a story and what a turn around against all odds.
John's start was a harsh one and it toughened him up and made him a streetwise kid in New York. He has been through drug abuse, the punk scene, and been an awol navy man. It's full of sordid thing's like sex, drugs, criminal activity including theft and violence and murder, but also very entertaining and somewhat humorous at times I the way John tells it. Then it talks about John as an iron man competitor and a vegan and hari krishna member.
If you like good biographies then I highly recommend this book. Its over 16 hours long and I was disappointed when it came to an end because it kept me enthralled.
I don't write many reviews here even though I have over 450 books and have been a member since 2012 so that should tell you something in itself, so enough reading reviews, it is worth your credit, so just bit it already!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-19

best book ever written.

john knocks it out of the park with an in-depth tale of his life. You need to check this

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  • luke
  • 09-26-17

Impossibly Brilliant

It had me pinned from the start. Great story. Even better it came from the horses mouth. Since listening to this I have slowly changed a few things in my life. Thanks John. I'm about to hit play again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

Wow!

What an amazing story and so great to have it told by the man himself. It was so captivating and hard to stop listening! Excited to read Meat is for Pussies and the PMA Effect next!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

Wow amazing story and life!

Hands done the best story I've heard. Could not stop listening from start to finish.

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  • AusMum
  • 07-31-18

Wow. What a soul!

Absolutely riveting story. Some of the incidents were hard to believe. That he made it to the other side alive, incredible. Kudos John.

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  • mathew
  • 07-27-17

fantastic

loved this book. had me hooked from beginning to end. inspirational accounts of real hardship and spirituality.