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Daddy Was a Punk Rocker [Kindle Edition]

Adam Sharp
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Book Description

Adam just wants a conventional father. But his father hates convention, he would rather rebel. Adam wants a father who will sit by his bed and softly sing him lullabies. But his father is too busy snarling on stage alongside Joy Division and other angry young men. Adam, a budding goalkeeper, wants a father who will shoot balls at him in the park. But his father prefers to shoot heroin in dark rooms. Adam wants a father who is predictable, who is a provider, who is present. His father can never be any of those things. Because Daddy is a punk rocker.


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"RIVETING AND HEARTBREAKING." - Seattle Post

"A REALLY PROMISING DEBUT." - Mudkiss

"FULL OF BOTH GREAT HOPE AND GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT." - The Kindle Book Review
 
"A MUST-READ." - Closed the Cover

About the Author

Adam Sharp is an English writer, originally from Manchester but currently living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He's also lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, the Channel Islands, the Canary Islands, Mexico, and Nashville (he's not very good at staying still).

Adam has had over 30 jobs (he's not a very loyal employee either). Some of the things he's been paid to do are as follows: catching footballs, teaching sport in kindergartens, changing nappies, washing dishes, reviewing music, serving sandwiches in casinos, juggling bottles, and walking on stilts.

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  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1KOO72
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How I wish you were here with me now April 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never read a book that is simultaneously so compelling and enjoyable a read while paradoxically being so deeply personally upsetting as this.

I was initially hooked into reading this - as I dare say many readers will be - by the 2nd-generation link with the nascent post-punk Manchester indie scene. The author's father (the late Colin Sharp, who wrote "Who Killed Martin Hannett", now sadly out of print) was once front man of Durutti Column during the birth of Factory Records, performing on Factory's first ever release - "A Factory Sample" - back in 1978 and subsequently becoming a close friend of the legendary producer.

As a previous reviewer has pointed out, despite being autobiographical and written in the first person, it reads like a novel. Adam Sharp is a highly capable writer who knows exactly what buttons to press emotionally, what parts of his life are worth recounting, and how to keep the dramatic tension going from the start of each chapter though to the end. He doles out small, significant events in tantalising morsels to keep the pages turning and precedes each new chapter with a sensational lede. It is virtually impossible not to keep reading, however upsetting the previous chapter may have been.

There are flashes of light and humour in Adam's story throughout, and were this a work of fiction it would be an absolute triumph, like the story strand of an ongoing soap opera based around the lives of the ordinary people at the periphery of the unfolding/unravelling Factory story. The casualties of the fallout from the lives of the main players. Collateral damage.

The gut-wrench back to hard reality is that this is not a soap.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Characterisation April 27, 2013
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Explores the reality of self-centred art and its damaging impact on a child who is constantly off loaded because family doesn't rate alongside MUSIC. Within the book, it was the raw , selfish relationships of using music as an excuse for not parenting which impacted on me.As a reader who knew nothing about the history of punk rock, 'Daddy Was a Punk Rocker' was an emotive story for the candid child-parent relationship and creative collaborations.Even without knowing the names of the musicians , nor their reputations (for music or behaviour) the story stays with you. That's the test of a good writer. Brilliant characterisation even of dislikeable musicians with/out talent and an insight into punk rock music world of the period, by a child, now man, who was there.And as a writer Adam Sharp seems to have retained the best aspects of the creative childhood, despite the damage, as the humour is well paced within this poignant story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Memoir June 12, 2013
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The intriguing title of Adam Sharp's memoir, Daddy Was a Punk Rocker, might conjure titillating images of glamour, youthful rebellion and hedonistic excess. In fact, his story is an account of the consequences of his father's short-lived musical career, his parents' descent into drug addiction and alcoholism, and their refusal to assume the adult roles and responsibilities that come with parenthood. The consequences, of course, are the environment into which Adam Sharp is abandoned, grows up, and struggles throughout his life to overcome.

His story could have easily descended into a bleak reading experience, filled with self-pity and recrimination, but the writer avoids this by relying on a non-judgmental, child's perspective during the earlier chapters. Like many children living in an adverse environment - whether caused by divorce or abuse or war - this is the only reality they know. This is their "normal," and they combat loneliness and heartache by marshalling the resources at hand: their imaginations, fantasies, and hopes. They find love in their hearts for parents who give them none, and dream of a reunited, idealized, happy family where everything will eventually turn out right. In Adam's case, this fantasy never dies, and he pursues this ideal throughout his life, through all of the disappointments and betrayals ahead.

The author writes in a crisp, first-person, present tense point of view which engages the reader with its You-Are-There perspective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broke my heart and made me laugh August 5, 2013
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Loved it, I was hooked at the first line and stayed engaged all the way to the end of the author's notes. Adam Sharp's memoir is a sad, honest, funny and very readable story, beautifully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Brilliantly written. A fascinating peek into the most private and vulnerable parts of someone's (Adam's) life. For someone so young, Adam weaves a beautifully rich tapestry, in writing about his life. His treatment of what are surely some of life's difficult memories was honest, mature and inspiring. The narrative style, where events are written in present tense, is well suited to the content, and complements the sense of voyeurism that one almost always feels when reading about someone else's life. I look forward to further works by Adam Sharp.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars if only he could prove he was strong his mom would love him, etc
This book really brought to light a child's thoughts in a dysfunctional family. The author wrote many times about how he felt his actions were to blame for his parents faults. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Stephanie D
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book, You Won't Regret It.
Daddy Was a Punk Rocker was brought to my attention from the publicist of this book. I happily accepted to read and review on this book, & I am so glad I did. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars My kids daddy was also a punk rocker.....
I came upon this book because Adam liked a review I wrote on Goodreads, About A Boy. I always look to see who it was that took kindly to my thoughts on any particular subject, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan L. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and heartbreaking!
I thoroughly enjoyed Adam Sharp's beautiful and honest memoir. He made me feel the longing and love he had for his absentee father and understand the complicated relationship with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Ebel
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
I have not had a chance to sit down and read this book yet but I plan to read it soon.
Published 5 months ago by Beth Alderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read Memoir
This memoir was extremely emotional: Happy, sad, and everything in between.

Adam was not born into an easy family. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BaumanBookReviews
4.0 out of 5 stars gritty and emotive
This is a fascinating recount of one boy's passage through childhood as he longs for his father's presence and approval - of which is ever out of the boy's grip. Read more
Published 6 months ago by peggy b
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel with a cause
The engine that drives `Daddy Was a Punk Rocker` is powered by tightly controlled violent emotion. The central protagonist is a rebel with a cause. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. A. Miskin
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work
My Review: I actually found this memoir touching and as I watched this young man arrive into himself in spite of the or maybe because of his upbringing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Voracious Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars okay read
Easy to read story, kept my interest enough to read through it in an afternoon. Seemed kind of purposeless from a "true story" perspective, but worth the investment of an... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diane
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More About the Author

Adam Sharp is an English writer, originally from Manchester but currently living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He's also lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, the Channel Islands, the Canary Islands, Mexico, and Nashville (he's not very good at staying still).

Adam has had over 30 jobs (he's not a very loyal employee either). Some of the things he's been paid to do are as follows: catching footballs, teaching sport in kindergartens, changing nappies, washing dishes, reviewing music, serving sandwiches in casinos, juggling bottles, and walking on stilts.

His first book, Daddy Was a Punk Rocker, a memoir, is now available on Amazon.

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