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Rich Boy Cries for Momma

4.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Rich Boy Cries for Momma is a memoir from the perspective of a teenage punk rocker in Washington D.C. The story begins here, in the middle of Washington's punk and hardcore music scene of the 70's and 80's. Filled with mayhem, teenaged romance, and substance abuse, the story focuses on the young, unnamed protagonist who is diagnosed with a learning disability. Despite a fi ...more
Paperback, ebook, 338 pages
Published September 2010 by Antagonist Art Movement
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Oct 08, 2012 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I am really impressed with the writing and story telling... and genuinely laughed out loud at times and cringed at others (like the story of Anastasia getting in the horse accident... weak stomach here ;)) I'm now into the main character’s teen years (after boarding school) and seriously can't put it down... it's a really awesome book.
Mar 20, 2011 Andski rated it it was amazing
To me, this book is more than a "coming-of-age tale." When I hear that phrase, I'm lead to believe that you've arrived at a firm place in life and the box of adolescence can be checked off. However, in reading "Rich Boy..." we see it's never that cut and dry. I've always had a fascination with subcultures, in particular the hardcore, punk and oi! music scene, Rich Boy Cries for Momma paints an all too real, at times shocking picture of "the scene" and the inherent pitfalls one experiences while ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Minsker's writing style makes it easy to follow along on his tale of a kid growing up amidst the D.C. punk scene. You get to read about (and feel like you were there in) the punk rock music scene that broke open in Washington D.C. in the 80s. It's great to get an insider's story about such a fun, unique ruckus world...but one that's not about the sex, drugs, violence, etc. This actually has heart. You learn about the kid's bout with dyslexia, his relationship with his parents (who are much more ...more
Erin Lei
Apr 18, 2015 Erin Lei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age novel for adults, Rich Boy Cries for Momma, matter-of-factly presents the young life of Ethan Minsker. In first person autobiographical narrative, Minsker often cruelly describes characters and life situations in a way that’s just as shocking as the picture he draws.
Vivid language doesn’t stop Minsker from describing his early childhood in Washington D.C. when he found out about his dyslexia. This aspect of the book remains constant, and is a prevalent subject of Minsker’s life.
Apr 25, 2012 Al rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
This is the first in a series of punk rock memoirs from the multi-talented Ethan Minsker. This book starts you way back: from being a misunderstood & bullied school boy to a tough D.C. Punk. There are lots of crazy things that happen, crushes and antics that only the rebelious pangs of youth can drive you to do. After I finished this book, i felt like the people in this book were my pals too. The next book in the series, Barstool Prophets, keeps on engaging you. C'mon Ethan, I am awaiting bo ...more
Timothy Danger
May 01, 2013 Timothy Danger rated it it was amazing
I met Ethan Minsker a few weeks ago at the Victoria TX Independent Film Fest. He was in town to promote his film “The Dolls Of Lisbon” and I was scheduled to interview him, so while doing research prepping for the interview, I discovered that besides being a film maker, Ethan was also an artist, curator, amd writer. While talking with other members of the Antagonist Art Movement a few days before Ethan arrived into town, the discussion of being driven, punk rock, and scenes developed and melded ...more
Sat Saroop
Oct 14, 2013 Sat Saroop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rich Boy Cries for Momma is a heart felt book that takes you to the insides of the punk rock scene in DC and it’s crazy dynamics. The book is very well written, and got me interested since the beginning, took me back to my own teen years feeling rejected by all the “normal” people and finding a place within the freaks. But my punk rock teen years were not even close as violent as the ones that Ethan lived, the stories inside haunted me every night and make me think a lot, especially about women ...more
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Ethan has written for a wide variety of outlets and enjoys writing in many different mediums. Besides novels, Ethan has written multiple screenplays, while he has produced and directed numerous independent films. He is the founder of the Antagonist Movement, Inc., a consortium of artists, writers and musicians based in New York's East Village. Mr. Minsker is also the creator and editor-in-chief of ...more
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