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Cut My Hair

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Mason is young, and he hangs out with kids that are into bad music and bad haircuts. He lives in sunny California, where he spends his nights acting stupid in punk rock clubs and his days aimlessly reading comics and listening to tunes. The two most important things in his life are the girl who makes his heart beat at erratic speeds and the band with the strange boy he kno ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 15th 2002 by Oni Press (first published July 7th 2000)
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Jan 18, 2008 Owen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who liked SLC Punk
A very touching and heartfelt tale of the highs and lows of adolescence in the southern California punk scene circa 1990. It has some funny moments, but much like life at that age there's a lot more drama and heartbreak. I literally couldn't put this book down until I finished it, and the story goes on just long enough until it ends perfectly (with a little tip of the hat to Quadrophenia of course).
Aug 19, 2007 Devowasright rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: music
coming of age in the mid/late 80s music scene. keli thought this could be my biography...
Greg Kerestan
Jan 29, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it really liked it
I missed the mod era. I missed the punk era. I missed any really notable era in music culture. This book filled the gaps- a punk coming-of-age fable indebted heavily to "Quadrophenia" and "The Catcher in the Rye" while being a response as much as a tribute to either of them. Jamie Rich's writing has that Alison Bechdelian quality of being not quite fiction and not quite nonfiction- it's a semiautobiographical novel, but you never get the sense that it's entirely novel or entirely not. Much like ...more
Levi Amichai
Feb 06, 2012 Levi Amichai rated it it was ok
Meh. But then, it wasn't written for me. I spent a lot of time being annoyed by Mason's unexamined straight-boy hangups. Because man, there's nothing that makes me sympathize with a character like (view spoiler). You know. The closest Mason ever came to forging his own version of masculinity was when (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Hilary rated it really liked it
The book began a bit slow, but when it picked up it picked up fast. "Cut My Hair" caught my attention in an old comic shop in NYC back in '07. I bought it on sight - the Who reference spoke to me - then tried to read it once.. twice. I think I realised at the time it was what I needed. I wish I had finished it then.

There's something to be said about a book that can cut straight through to the soul of what punk is. The discussion with Lenny 3/4ths of the way through does it exceptionally well. Pu
Oct 23, 2007 Lani rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of confessions of a wall flower all grown up
Picked this up at the Bethesda Small Press Expo, and really enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but a unique style with references to music and culture that I could appreciate and relate to.

Many of these were characters I am surrounded by and it was fun to see them in print. Watching the main character grow up and into himself was heartening, if painful. The ending was wretchedly cheesy though, I'd almost suggest not bothering with the last chapter, but I suspect most people will want the resolutio
Apr 18, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
It tried way too hard to be edgy and ended up being mostly unpleasant. There were a few decent sections, but they were few and far between. The most intriguing relationship, the one between Mason and Tristan, really wasn't explored beyond a surface level. The format, with cartoonists from Oni Press illustrating the story, was interesting and what was what drew me in in the first place.
Jul 10, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Rich's writing style, some cool literary passages, especially the last line. Unpredictable coming of age story played against a changing music scene. Enjoyable, check it out for something different.
Aug 14, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
There was nothing wrong with it, I just didn't like the story much. The writing was good, it just wasn't my thing I guess. I don't think I'm really the target audience though.
Aug 11, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge re-reader, but this is my thrid time through this book. I guess I'm a sucker for teenage angst, underground punk, and a whole lotta the Smiths.
Jul 04, 2012 Zanne marked it as to-read
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Rich is an author of both prose (Cut My Hair, I Was Someone Dead, and The Everlasting) and comics (the two-volume series Love the Way You Love; the Spell Checkers series). His third full-length novel, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, was released by Oni Press in the summer of 2007. He regularly collaborates with artist Joelle Jones, including the Oni graphic novels 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and ...more
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