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Diary Of A Punk
by Mike Hudson
"In this brutally frank memoir of his years in and out of the pagans, singer Mike Hudson has written a shocking and sometimes disturbing account of a life lived outside society's boundaries"--back cover.
Paperback, First Edition, 160 pages
Published March 5th 2008 by Tuscarora Books
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This book was written by a member of the editorial staff of the Niagara Falls Reporter, an independent newspaper whose mission statement (printed in every issue) is, "To Comfort The Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable". As this newspaper is published in my hometown, I was eager to read this book, and it was a good read! Reporter reporter :) and one-time singer Mike Hudson gives us an in-depth look at the world of the punk rocker through the his own eyes and those of his brother Brian, a roadi ...more
Hudson, a seasoned newspaper writer tells his story of life in Cleveland punk band Pagans directly and succinctly. At times the prose reminds me of blunt descriptions by Henry Miller and at its best, the way Tosches Nick would tell it. Mike is not trying to impress with his craft, or even the extremities of his life: noise and vodka. Hudson look back on the tracks and the wreckage and summarizes what to me is rather sad: obviously reliving the joys in sorrows, he writes such presence of people h ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Mike Hudson has a biting, unapologetic writing style that reminds me a little of Hunter S. Thompson. There is not much written on mid 70s' Punk in Ohio and this book definitely helps to fill the gap. The Pagans were an extremely underrated band at a time when most associated this style of music with the growing scenes of New York and L.A.
Entertaining and funny, but the writing was sometimes so bad that I couldn't exactly figure out what he was saying. Still lots of hilarious anecdotes about being in the Pagans and 70s Cleveland. I would like to have a beer (or a quart of vodka, I guess) with Mike Hudson