Keith Morris is one of the remaining original punk rock figures that is still going. Hardly anyone else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore the way he does. With his waist-length dreadlocks and snarling vocals, Morris is known the world over for his approach on the stage. Over the course of his forty-year career with Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, and OFF!, he's battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry...and he's still standing
My Damage is more than a book about the highs and lows of a punk rock legend. It's a story from the perspective of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and has appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man. A Hollywood tale of sorts from an L.A. native, My Damage reveals the story of Morris's streets, his scene, and his music-as only he can tell it.
My Damage is a no-holds barred engaging autobiography who has come out of the mist of debauchery and the violence of the early west coast punk movement based on the recollections of someone who has been there, done that, made more than a few bad decisions and survived to tell the tale.
Starting off with his childhood under a hardened father via his formative years that lay the cornerstone for his musical endeavours to interesting, his struggle with self-imposed ailments, at times hilarious encounters with what would eventually become the staple of entities like MTV and ultimately the formation of his current band OFF!, that proves to be more than relevant both within and outside the confines of punk rock and alternative music circles.
One does however not have to be overly familiar with Morris’ oeuvre, The Circle Jerks, Black Flag or the genesis of the west coast punk rock scene in general to get enjoyment out of this book as it is an interesting for anyone remotely interested in the inner workings, the machinations and manipulations of the music industry and a cautionary tale for those having fallen prey to the notion of achieving the lofty heights of rock stardom.
7.0 / 10
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