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Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible + Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock Paperback – October 1, 2007
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This book is written as a first hand account and certainly he doesn't hold back any information, from puking to drugs to sex, its all here folks! I appreciate the acerbic wit and commentary on just anyone and anything from that era, with some self-deprecation mixed in to make it balanced. I recommend you read this book before you read Al Jourgensen's autobiography, on the simple premise that you will find a more grounded and factual voice in Chris's take on the era, as Al tends to be more dismissive of the times.
Indeed, dots have been connected and explanations provided. It's cool reading about shows I attended over 20 years ago, getting the inside scoop on the sordid details of the show (they actually rehearsed for that first Revco show at the Metro?!). I also remember that bulls**t NYE performance at Medusa's with Ogre (or was it Chris) down on his knees, staring off into space and drooling while the band just crashed through a song or two. My god those guys were f'ed up....they left the stage (crawled off?) and we waited for an hour for them to come back. Angry and tired of standing in a packed room, we left, justifiably upset that our NYE was ruined by a band too high to play (we assumed the equipment story was an excuse). Now that Connelly has cleared up the back story on that show, I can look back and laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Serious, thank you for sharing that one in particular.
As far as the book itself, it's well written in a casual style that helps keep one engaged. Again, it felt almost personal for me, but that may have been due to Chris's writing style, not just my own relationship to the material. Chris does provide quite a bit about the scene in Chicago, but I was still left hungry for more details. There are times where the story is mired in negativity regarding everyone around the author and what was or was not cool, but that's how we were back then and surely how our kids will be the same at that age (though hopefully less, uh, risky). Better to see our musical "hero's" poked fun at for once, instead of us, the cattle spending the money that kept them going! Indeed, it's amazing the amount of excess these guys participated in, but I'm glad it's been documented so we can all be in awe of just how they managed to function (barely) at all.
To be honest, after reading this, I'm not interested in Jourgensen writing a book as I simply would not trust anything he put down to paper. Better if Paul Barker or Frank (TKK) Nardiello wrote about their experiences. Regardless, I'm quite happy with Connelly's effort to put that era to paper for all of us to enjoy and shake our heads in amazement. Forget the Sex Pistols, Here Were The Revolting Cocks!