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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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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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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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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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Whatever I would write here doesn't do it justice.

At this point I consider myself an audiobook veteran.  I'm always searching for something that really pulls me in and has a lasting impact, and I've found it a number of times over the last few years.  With that being said, John Joseph's book "The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon" is one of my, scratch that, is my favorite audiobook I've listened to yet and quite possibly my favorite book of all time. John is such a good storyteller and is so honest and raw, that I feel like I know him, like he's my "homeboy".  I'd be lying in bed with my headphones on, my wife sleeping next to me, and I'm laughing out loud.  There were other parts that nearly brought me to tears.  This book, like life, has it all.  Punk rock has been one of the biggest influences on my life and I started this book thinking it was basically going to be a history of the Cro-Mags, which by itself would be a wild ride.  That is a part of it, but the book and his life is so much more than that.  Lately I finish one book with no plan on which one to read/ listen to next.  I research a bit, look at suggestions, and sometimes just go out on a limb and pick something that wasn't even on the radar.  Without meaning to, I've been listening to books and watching shows with inspirational, athletic, and vegetarian themes ("born to run", "can't hurt me" and "gamechangers" are recent examples) and I had no idea this book would also have these themes.  It's like the book found me.  It's like...karma? 

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Punk rock Forrest Gump

Loved the Cro-mags but this book is an ultra long winded what seems like a choose your own adventure.I found my eyes rolling numerous times during this 19 hours,yes 19 hours of John telling tall tails.Should have hired an editor to trim all the bullshit

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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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riveting storytelling

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

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  • 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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  • M. W. Burns
  • 02-03-21

Positivity through adversity!

An incredible account of a man who lived through abuse of every kind to become a strong and positive person.
To say too much would spoil the book but John's tales are both fascinating and scary at the same time.
I laughed and I very nearly cried.
Highly recommended PMA

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-20

Amazing

What a story so glad you lived to tell it.
Encouraged indeed! Wisdom and insight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-20

The most interesting and inspirational autobiography I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading

A must listen. A true grit story of overcoming hardship through sheer determination. John Joseph is as tough as they come.

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  • redearth
  • 09-24-20

an insight into the life of a hardcore punk legend

John Joseph has live a interesting life and seems a decent guy despite some of the hardships he encountered. his spirituality helped no doubt, which is one of the many interesting parts of this book. he doesn't talk much about his vegetarianism but he has other books and YouTube videos on that.

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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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  • 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.