Hardcore punk/metal crossover artist and controversial NYC mainstay Harley Flanagan has been steadily preparing for the release of his upcoming no-holds-barred memoir, entitled Hard-Core, Life Of My Own.
In the book, which hits physical and digital retailers next Tuesday, September 27 via Feral House Publishing, Flanagan details his beginnings in the drug and crime ridden New York City of the 1970's to the early days of punk rock, hardcore and beyond. As a homeless child prodigy and family friend of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, at a young age he became close to many icons of the early punk rock scene such as Joe Strummer of The Clash and was taught to play bass by members of the famed punk band Bad Brains. He went on to start the notorious hardcore band Cro-Mags.
On its release date, September 27, Harley Flanagan will host a special FREE Hard-Core, Life Of My Own book signing from 7-9pm at Manitoba's in New York City (99 Avenue B). Attendees can either purchase a book on-site, or can bring their own copy to be signed. Pre-order your copy of Hard-Core, Life Of My Own via Amazon.
Anthony Bourdain - famed chef, author, television personality and avid music fan - has been an outspoken Harley-supporter for years. He states, "Harley Flanagan's incredible story is not just the history of New York hardcore, of which he is a founding father, but a history of New York itself. It's all here, an amazing series of unlikely coincidences, catastrophes, accomplishments, and associations. Chances are if it happened in New York and it was important and interesting? Harley Flanagan was somewhere in the room. If you care anything about music history, punk rock, hardcore or just a ripping good story, this is the punch in the face you want and need."
Check out an in-depth conversation between Flanagan and Bourdain here, exclusively via NewYorkNatives.com. The New York Times also recently sat down for a chat with Flanagan in preview of his book release, which you can read here.
Harley Flanagan also recently released his brand new solo album, appropriately titled Cro-Mags. The albumfeatures twelve all-new tracks, boasting brutality in the vein of the Cro-Mags' "Age of Quarrel" and "Revenge", exploding with heavy intensity and pure anger. This is the return of the NYHC icon! To order Cro-Mags, visit the MVD Entertainment store here.
For more information on Cro-Magsand details on the upcoming release of Hard-Core, Life of My Own, please visit www.harleyflanagan.com.