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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (February 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932360999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932360998
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"George Tabb's strength springs from being one of the most unpretentious punk veterans of the last quarter century out there. From adventures in little league to routinely getting pummelled by kids in suburban Greenwich and his own father, Tabb draws readers into his own existence, allowing all who dare a peek into his isolated, disturbing, hilarious and rebellious moments." - Resonance "Tabb recounts his experiences with exploding crucified frogs, rapist dogs, homicidal turtles and astronaut hamsters. It's a fantasy many readers will recognize. Tabb's writing captures the spirit and mindset of childhood beautifully." - The New York Press "Raucous...Tabb's wry recollections of growing up will be darkly funny and all-too-familiar to anyone who still smarts at memories of middle school." - Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

George Tabb grew up as one of the few Jews in Greenwich, CT, which became the subject of this first memoir, Playing Right Field (available from Turnaround). After quitting college, Tabb moved to New York where he continued to play in punk bands, such as The Gynecologists, Iron Prostate and Furious George.

More About the Author

I Wear A White Hat.
I Wear A Red Shirt.
They All Think I'm Stupid.
One Day I'll Kill Them.

I Am Gilligan.

http://www.georgetabb.com/bio.html

For everything you need to know and more!

I've gone from paperboy to bagboy to Ramone waterboy! Life is beautiful!

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By the time I finished the book I had tears of mingled laughter and heartbreak streaming down my face.
Willow Tanaka
The ups, the downs, the good, the bad - George makes it feel like you're experiencing it all right beside him.
Samantha Lower
Well, maybe not sense but perspective at least... This book reads more like a novel than his previous effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willow Tanaka on March 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
George Tabb does it again. Surfing Armageddon is like the second Harry Potter book, in that it's just as cool as the first one, but the characters are a bit older and more complex. It's hilarious and terrifying and an amazing story of survival told in George's true voice. He writes the way he is, and to read him is to know him. Yes, he Really is that sweet. By the time I finished the book I had tears of mingled laughter and heartbreak streaming down my face. George has the gift of being able to make good things out of bad. If his horrific childhood and adolesence was the price he had to pay to write this book, then maybe it was worth it. He is my hero.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brown on April 13, 2008
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I bought this book after discovering (from a google search) that George Tabb and I share many of the same life experiences - we both attended Leon High School in the late 70's, rode the same school bus (the "Nairobi Express" as George's brother called it), and were both "Rocky Horror" devotees @ the same theater on North Monroe st.

Like George, I also first saw the Ramones live when I was 16(in Atlanta) and later sat transfixed (and alone) through 5 screenings of "Rock and Roll High School" at the Tallahassee Mall and... we both attended the same Ramones show in Gainesville, FL in 1980.

I even wrecked my parents car at the same intersection as he did!

Surfing Armageddon contains so many untruths, distortions, and just plain hogwash that I have to go through them in a list.

1. I assume the sale price of his Fathers house in Greenwich, CT in 1977 was 1.4 million and not 14.1 as printed. 14.1 million for a single family house in Greenwich is high even by 2008's standards and would have been unheard of in 1977. Dunnellen Hall, which is now the most expensive property on the market in Greenwich @125 million (followed by Old Mill Farm @ 39.5), sold in 1976 for 3 million.

2. Tallahassee is within driving distance of, but not part of, the Redneck Riviera as Tabb frequently refers to it. This would be comparable to calling Yonkers "The Hamptons".

3. There were many Jewish students attending Leon High in 1978/79 including members of the football team.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Lower on May 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
No one can tell a story like Mr. Tabb. If you've read his first book, Playing Right Field, or any of his MRR columns, you know that.

George's journey through first experiences with sex, drugs, punk rock and Rocky Horror are both hilarious and heart wrenching. The ups, the downs, the good, the bad - George makes it feel like you're experiencing it all right beside him. From his first leather jacket, to losing his virginity and back again... it is impossible to put down. The end leaves you with tears in your eyes, a smile on your face, and an intense curiosity about what happens next. This book, along with Playing Right Field, has skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorite reads, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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If you thought George's dad was an asshole in Playing Right Field, wait till you get a load of him in Surfing Armageddon. Lester is such a flaming prick that you just want to find his grave, dig up his bones and drop a duce directly into his skull. The way George Tabb writes a story makes you feel like you're not just reading a story but like you're really there to love, laugh, and suffer the life and legend of George Tabb. And the icing on the cake..... it's all true. Buy this book. Read this book. Recommend this book to your friends and help preserve the legacy of one man who is an inspired musician, a great rock'n'roll journalist, and an altogether good human being.
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By tink on July 8, 2006
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Like all great writers, you don't have to have read GT's first book "Playing Right Field: A Jew Grows In Greenwich" to "get" his follow up of "Surfing Armageddon: A Memoir". You will, most likely, want to...but it ain't a requirement.

Taking up pretty much where the first book ended, "S.A." is the continued saga of noted punkrock writer/performer George Tabb...a view into the trials and tribulations that helped make him the man he is today. And the title is prophetic as well, as George continues with his personal showdown between good and evil to this very day...but that is a story for another blog.

This a book filled with sex (or the lack thereof), drugs and redemption thru Rock and Roll...those teenaged rites of passage that can either make you or break you.

A rollercoaster of a read, don't be surprised if you find tears of laughter rolling down your face one minute...and those of empathy the next...as GT takes you along for the ride on the inroads of his teen years. You'll meet his siblings...as well as his pals and his adversaries...an abusive father and wicked stepmother...his misaligned mother and stepfather...a brief but unforgetable image of his grandmother Rosie...and includes a roomie whose pater familia is Grand Wizard of the KKK...a cast of characters that you just couldn't make up if you tried.

Be that as it may...it's easy to identify with our young hero, George. Whether you were a geek or a freak...a rich kid or poor...boy OR grrl..."Surfing Armageddon" is a brutely honest mirror reflecting back all the pain and pleasure we hold back inside.

A GREAT read that leaves you wanting more...
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