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Product Details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jack Grisham finally, irrevocably, puts to death the slander that the early Los Angeles punk scene was 'plastic.' The first true literature to come out of our pathetic little punk lives, American Demon is haunting and awakens monsters. But it should come with a warning label: it’s a dangerous book. Read Patti Smith's Just Kids. Then read this. But only if you have the courage to follow poetry as far as it can go."  —Paul Roessler, producer, composer, musician



"If you’ve ever found yourself unable to turn away from witnessing an accident, crash or natural disaster, you’ll read America Demon straight through, like I did. Jack Grisham’s memoir is as original as it is horrifying. I couldn’t put it down."  — James Frey, bestselling author, A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning



"[N]ot for the timid. . . . a meld of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray with Fight Club and A Clockwork Orange, [Grisham] offers a savage poetry with an undertow of wit. In his lens, not-so-quiet Los Angeles suburbs become awash with dysfunction, revolt, and violence. Yet in the end he offers a sense of recovery as well." —Houston Press (May 5, 2011)


“[A] brutal and artful memoir. . . . [Grisham] is a poet of pathology, an uber-punk in a nest of vipers." —www.PopMatters.com (May 9, 2011)

About the Author

Now in heavy demand as a public speaker, Jack Grisham currently receives thousands of calls a month from individuals and organizations seeking his advice, expertise, wit, mentorship, and support, especially on drug and alcohol–related issues. Grisham is a master hypnotherapist and resides in Huntington Beach, California. He spends his time with his family, surfs, and voluntarily offers his services to his community.

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An American Demon by Jack Grisham is an excellent and tantalizing read.
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I really felt like I had to pace myself reading this book because it was just SUCH a good read.
Melissa Zimmerman
If you're a fan of autobiographies and TSOL I highly recommend this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By BrandtArt on April 2, 2011
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For those of you expecting a straight up punk rock biography on Jack Grisham and or T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty - Jack's band) let me state emphatically that you wont get it. Yes, Jack regales the reader with plenty on his view of the music scene he whole-heartedly participated in and in his way defined, but I believe the reader gets a lot more than that. Jack labels this book a "memoir," and it is especially when you read and put the title into context with Jack and his life as An American Demon. But a typical, rushed, and poorly written rock-n-roll bio this is not. Demon reads like a novel and in many ways I would have loved to have read this book without any prior knowledge about Jack. Simply because a reader who may know nothing about Mr. Grisham may believe that his life as described within the pages of this tome may be that of a man completely made up! It seems to be unbelievable at times as the book unfolds into a life of pure unadulterated mayhem and chaos.

Like Jack himself this is a one of a kind reading experience. Without giving too much away I hope people out there don't take some things in the book too literally. What's great is that it's up to you to try and decipher what the reality is behind the words. One may even be amazed to find that Jack is still very much alive after they read this book! That he survived the years described in this book (roughly Jack's childhood until the late 1990's prior to TSOL reforming) as a demon is a testament to his no holds barred outlook on religion, child abuse/neglect, love, death, music, cross dressing, surfing, drug and alcohol abuse, and an amazing knack for being able to avoid any really serious physical/mental damage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Ruckus on June 25, 2011
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I've read it 3 times so far. I almost think I lived it but I left Long Beach in 1980!! Amazing book by an amazing man!!! Congrats and Thank you Jack!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Macdonald on October 5, 2013
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This book was everything I expected it to be and more. It arrived on time, and once I got it in my hands I could not put it down. This is the mind of a broken individual who slowly finds his path to elevation from the material wants around him. The book has a lot more meat on it then those "I lived a life of drug abuse and this is what happened" stories. It delves into the Kid, then the Young Man's Psyche. It is written from a first person perspective so it is as if you can feel the emotion or anti-emotions which he fights against. I liked the way he played with a bit of fiction - I am assuming here - with the Not-quite and The Man as "Devil" and "God" in the story. It became a major part of the plot, and it acted as a guide for the narrative at points. I could relate to a lot of things in this book as far as insecurities and heart ache, The rebellion of youth clashing with the emotions of changing into a young adult, and drug addiction and the effects felt on them. I rated this 5 stars. It is one of the most fun, head shaking, spine tingling, flash back inducing, books I have read in a while. Good job Big Man! hah
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. VONK on April 26, 2011
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There aren't many books that are able to make an impression like this one. Yes, I've read books that broke my heart, books that made me laugh, books that made me cry, books from which I learned, books that I threw away, but this is one of a kind. J
ack Grisham's American Demon grabs you by the throat and won't let you rest. I have no idea what's real or not in this book/ memoir but íf even half of it's true one can only wonder why (like one of the cover blurbs already says) Jack is not in some high security facility. Provoking and mind boggling, this book is a must for anyone that is interested in the ways of the human mind. Even if you can't be bothered about Jack Grisham the singer, this is a highly recommended read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KathrynA on April 21, 2011
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It was like a bad accident, I couldn't stop looking. I would reccomend this book to anyone who has ever thought they were a bad person. It will make you feel like a saint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Leon on November 16, 2013
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JG warns the reader that this isn't an autobiography. That disclaimer is pretty crucial to digest before you start chapter 1. The book is kind of an early OC punk rock expose crossed with a Clockwork Orange remake crossed with a runaway hyper-narcissistic semi-fantasy. However, even when tempered with a healthy suspension of disbelief and even knowing that this is a somewhat fantastical account, there was still a lot I couldn’t swallow. In some of the author's narratives of his exploits, he endows himself with near superhuman attributes. The early OC punk scene was completely surreal and things went down that no one who wasn’t there would ever believe. Even given this the whole book was too realistic to get away with its fantastical indulgences and too fantastical to get away with being at all realistic. I never found a comfortable balance that worked for me between the two extremes.

The early OC punk scene was a pretty wild and unique place and in bringing this world to life, JG hits a home run. I read this book with a genuine love for TSOL and the other bands that were around then and for the times and the place in which they were born. I closed the book with more knowledge and appreciation that I started with and that’s a gift.
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