Thursday, March 19

The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon - John Joseph

When punk seemed exhausted, a new generation of kids arrived in the East Village to fight for their music.
"When John Joseph returned to New York, in 1981, punk rock was almost dead, and he was determined to help kill it. He had grown up hard in Queens, abandoned by his father and then by his mother. (Eventually, he stopped using his last name, which was McGowan.) He wound up living in a Catholic boys’ home in the Rockaways, which in time came to seem less appealing than a life on the streets. Among the many things he found on the streets was punk, in the form of a wild concert at Max’s Kansas City, the night club on Park Avenue South where such heroes as Sid Vicious and Johnny Thunders liked to debauch themselves. John Joseph had visited Max’s under the influence of a sedative called Placidyl, which may explain why he can’t remember what band was playing, and why he fared so poorly in the fistfight that followed the show. But he liked the mayhem, and he liked the punk-obsessed woman he met a few weeks later, who had a fake English accent and a real heroin addiction."
New Yorker: United Blood - How hardcore conquered New York.
amazon: The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon by John Joseph
John Joseph of Cro-Mags Has the Craziest Stories Ever - Interviews
YouTube: Evolution Of A Cromagnon - Meeting the Bad Brains / Definition of modern celebrities