- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306825805
- ISBN-13: 978-0306825804
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A compelling, unexpectedly moving, and all-around badass memoir."--Esquire
"My Damage is characterized by sharp wit, abundant empathy, and the wisdom of a man who has outrun his many demons."--MOJO
"A winning memoir from a punk icon"--A.V. Club
"A portrait of a famed frontman that is complex but earnest"--PunkNews.org
"An insightful and expansive look at an unconventional life"―Men's Journal, 10/27/1
"A wild tell-all told in a no-holds-barred style, My Damage is an epic autobiography told with humor, honesty, and courage."
―The Good Men Project, 11/15/16
"Morris' book benefits from the same energetic, frenetically authentic style that makes his music so memorable. His description of the early punk scene and the inception of his two most famous bands is a fascinating read."―Under the Radar, 11/18/16
"[My Damage] delivers the behind-the-scenes kind of stuff we all love reading in rock autobiographies."
About the Author
Keith Morris is a cofounding member of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. He has recorded over fifteen albums, appeared on countless albums and compilations, and has a half-dozen film credits to his name.
Jim Ruland has been writing for punk rock zines like Flipside since the early '90s and has written for every issue of Razorcake, America's only non-profit independent music fanzine.
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The first thing you need to know about Keith is that first and foremost he loves music and that his passion for music led him to see Bowie, Iggy Pop and others at their creative peaks. His name-dropping at the beginning of the book let’s you know he is as much of a fan as he is a bonafide punk rock persona.
I was most interested in his re-telling of his involvement of the later Masque days and the beginnings Black Flag in Hermosa Beach. There are moments where Jim Ruthland, Morris’ semi-Ghost writer really captures that era of Hermosa Beach. To really take in the landscape of Hermosa Beach I would suggest Spot’s photo book, “Sounds of Two Eyes Opening” that features HB and early Black Flag to really take it in.
The biggest fault of the book is that Morris only briefly touches on what the early 80’s LA punk/hardcore scene was like and doesn't talk enough about his his relationship to its players. Instead he decides to go the predictable route of his fall into drinking, cocaine abuse and why the Circle Jerks never got it together. While many of the stories are entertaining and rightly solidify Morris as the true author of the historically contested song “Wasted”, the truth is, I wanted to read more about the early 80’s punk scene and Morris’ musings on his relationship with the players (well known or not) and less of his using stories (as entertaining as they are).
The book looses steam when Morris recounts his involvement in the Hollywood scene of the 90’s and his relationship with the Hangmen, Inger Lorre and the Nymphs and his bands outside of the Circle Jerks namely Bug Lamp and Midget Handjob.
If you’re a fan your like me, you already bought the book. However, I can’t help but think Morris missed an opportunity to go a little deeper and tell a few more stories about the early 80’s punk rock scene and its players for those of us that weren’t there.
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