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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: And/Or Press (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427624992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427624994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D. R. Haney was born and raised in Virginia, the son of an Angus beef farmer. In his teens, he moved to New York City, where he studied acting and supported himself through the usual odd jobs, from Wall Street waiter to parcel-wrapper to telephone pitchman.

Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles to star in a film for legendary producer Roger Corman, Haney found himself with an unsought career as a screenwriter. He also began to contribute to zines and alt-weeklies, reflecting his growing participation in the underground music scene. His interest in music, coupled with the consequences of a life-altering car accident, resulted in the novel "Banned for Life," which he moved to Belgrade, Serbia, to write. "Banned" was published in May 2009 by And/Or Press, and "Subversia," a collection of essays, was published by TNB Books in September 2010. Haney is presently at work on another novel.

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It's funny, witty, honest, and downright heartbreaking at times.
Debbie S. Gaugler
I am glad D.R. Haney wrote it, and I've been recommending this novel as much as I can.
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I enjoyed this book so much that I don't even know where to start this review.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on March 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a teenager, I read the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I remember being attracted to the idea of kids who went against the social norm and really enjoyed reading the novel. Now, many years later, I find myself in awe at the power of another novel about young "punks" and growing up. In Banned for Life, author D.R. Haney captures the realism and grit of growing up an outsider, on a level I have never experienced before.

The novel is narrated by Jason Maddox, a struggling filmmaker who recalls the events in is life that have brought him to where he is today. Jason did everything he could to fit in with the kids at his high school. He wore the same clothes, listened to the same music, and even dated the prom queen. Despite all of this, we get the sense that Jason never really fits in. His life takes a drastic turn when sleeps with his girlfriends mother, and nearly kills his "friend" who told the whole school about Jason's affair. Expelled from school and disowned by his family and friends, Jason turns to the only other person he can relate to.

Bernard, Pewee as he comes to be called, makes it a point to be different. He listens to punk music, wears tattered clothes, and dyes his hair bright colors. When Jason finds himself with nowhere to turn, he finds Pewee to be not so strange after all. Through Pewee, Jason is exposed to new ways of thinking and discovers the greatest music he has ever heard. When the boys go on a trip to New York to hear their favorite band, Rule of Thumb, they are unable to enter the club, but later meet the lead singer, Jim Cassady. In that moment, Jason's life is forever changed.

Flash forward ten years, and we learn Jason is now a screenwriter, struggling to keep his head above water.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Craven on April 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Just as bebop was the soundtrack to Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg and Neil Cassady, so the sounds of CBGB's, The Velvet Underground, Iggy and the Stooges, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls fuel D.R. Haney's odyssey `Banned for Life'.

The novel's central character Jason Maddox, through a series of tough-luck breaks finds himself in New York playing as an aspiring punk singer-songwriter, constantly at odds with the society he's supposed to fit in with and the rebels, punks and underground heroes he aspires to being with. Traveling with the volatile, motor-mouth, `Peewee' he strikes up an unlikely friendship, driven by desire to create the next big moment in music. The book then turns toward Maddox seeking his life-long hero whose songs set him on this path and the gumshoe drudgery of tracking down someone under the radar by word-of-mouth.

Raw, profane and utterly brilliant, Haney's style is Henry Rollins, Bill Hicks, Jack Kerouac, Bret Easton Ellis and Norman Mailer all in a kaleidoscopic mash of imagery and poetry. If you like Danny Sugerman, Keith Richard's recent `Life' and Bret Easton Ellis' `Less Than Zero', then this is for you. Maddox is wry, bemused and trying to make sense of it all throughout and his future remains uncertain. `Peewee' is one of those great literary creations, painful to read, yet a road-crash you can't look away from.

The descriptions of the bands, the gigs, the attempts to keep the dream alive while trying to get your voice heard above the crowd ring true throughout, and the wonderful descriptive passages for me, make `Banned for Life' the `On the Road' for the generation that grew up listening to and chanting pretty vacant. Everyone who has ever been in a band will enjoy this, but please, don't let your granny find it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZR Potts on August 15, 2009
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Banned For Life hooked me in like a fish.

From the unforgettable first line to the final pages, its power, raging energy and raw emotion make this a pitch perfect punk anthem.

Essentially, it's a coming of age story complete with its own pounding soundtrack. It manages to combine punk sensibility with a strong storyline with a voice that is both achingly honest and nostalgic.

And it's as masculine as hell.

But it's a testament to Haney's ability, that he manages to craft the most womanly of characters in 'Irina' who is at once both unknowable and immediately familiar from the moment she steps onto the page. His innate sympathy and understanding of even the most complex characters makes you care enough about them to want to know what happens to them from the beginning right through to the end.

Although, it's very much of its time and place, it will have resonance for anyone who lived through the late seventies and eighties. Sprinkled with pop culture and political references, Banned For Life will make you feel like you are living alongside its likeable narrator, Jason. But then again, great writers are able to do this aren't they?

This is must for any self-respecting Gen X'er.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E. Evison on May 21, 2009
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. . . haney's debut reads almost like a memoir, and there's little doubt in my mind that he lived much of 'banned' . . . i'm a sucker for mysterious, self-destructive characters, and jim's a good one . . . i'd love to compile the soundtrack for the film adaptation of this one, in fact, 'banned for life' had me rooting through my old punk mix tapes . . .
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