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My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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"Miret’s memorable, affecting stories capture an important time in the hardcore music scene. . . . Equal parts music memoir and gritty coming-of-age story, it’s an eminently readable and fast-paced look at life during hardcore’s heyday. . . . Not just for music fans, My Riot is a valuable snapshot of an important time." ―Foreword Reviews
“The most wild, sincere, honest book I’ve ever read. Roger holds nothing back and delivers jaw-dropping story after story that you would see in a movie. . . . You won't be able to put it down.” ―Suburban Rebels
"Fan or not, My Riot is a great look back at a singular time in musical history, written from a very singular perspective, and it was almost impossible to put down." ―Midnight to Six
"Reading Miret's memories of the scene's early violent years was enthralling. . . . Despite its unflinching style, the memoir also carries a lighter tone in parts, especially any stories revolving around Miret's musical partner in crime, Agnostic Front guitarist Vinnie Stigma." ―No Echo
“Miret’s captivating and harrowing, no-holds-barred account of a life lived in the trenches . . . You don’t have to be a major Agnostic Front fan to get maximum enjoyment out of this book. . . . A compelling read.” ―Classic Rock Revisited
“Roger, with the help of Jon Wiederhorn, writes with a great level of humility, simplicity, and honesty that makes for a very easy read. . . . One of the things that I really loved are the fun stories Roger shared throughout. . . . There are many gems like these in this book, some of which will make you laugh, cringe and possibly cry. Nonetheless, the beauty of it all is that Roger lived to tell the tale.” ―In Effect Hardcore
"You can’t claim Roger Miret, one of the New York’s hardcore scenes founding fathers, held anything back in his new memoir. . . . A compelling book.”―Innocent Words
"A gripping new memoir" ―Reason
About the Author
Roger Miret is a pioneer of the New York Hardcore scene. The Cuban-born singer joined Agnostic Front in 1983, and the seminal group released classics like United Blood, Victim In Pain and Cause For Alarm over the next several years. Miret also fronts his own solo group, Roger Miret and The Disasters. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jon Wiederhorn is the author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (with Katherine Turman) and the co-author of Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen) and I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax (with Scott Ian). He has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, MTV, Guitar World and Revolver, among others. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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As a book, it's all over the place but the good stories and content override a fair amount of erratic storytelling.
Like his childhood friend from Cro-Mags, Harley Flanagan, Roger Miret had a very(to put it mildly) difficult and traumatic upbringing....abuse being the cherry on top of being a poor refugee from Cuba.
He didn't make a whole lot of good choices, dropping out of school, living in squalor until he was a young adult and running drugs from Florida up to NY.
All this while, he is making music, and creating history with his band Agnostic Front. Wild Stories for sure!
The book finishes with Roger working as an electrician, living with his wife and two young children in Arizona and occasionally touring with AF(if I read the calendar right, the are currently on tour).
While Roger definitely comes off as a drug addled anti-hero in his youth, his later life shows some redemption, some consideration of his actions and a wish to make the world a better place.
Not sure about the rest of the readers out there, but I was cheering Roger Miret on by the end of the book and hope to get it autographed some day.
I have had the pleasure of listening to and watching Agnostic Front for more than 30 years. I opened for them on a european tour and was never treated better by any other band. We also the most fun I ever had on tour. The fact that we had police with uzi's march us out of the tour bus and threaten to arrest us didnt even make the book lets you know how good it is. I learned a lot about the best hardcore band ever and recommend it for old guys like me or younger fans who want to see what it was like in the old days of NYHC and the lower east side from one of the godfathers of hardcore, Roger Miret.
None of what I knew or what I heard could have prepared me for My Riot.
Roger Miret delves in deep and in great detail about all aspects of his life - his tumultuous and often violent family situation during his childhood and early teens, his discovery of punk and his eventual involvement in the defining the fledgling NYHC scene when he joined Agnostic Front and they recorded the United Blood EP, his struggle to provide for his wife and daughter while living in dangerous squats and streets of New York City, his time in jail, the ups and downs with Agnostic Front, and many more facets of his life.
Miret unveils his most personal accounts in a way that is brutally honest, yet not over embellished. There are plenty of holy-s*** stories in his book, but they don't read like a bloated, over-the-top script about New York fictional characters. To me, some parts of the book are written with a hint of detachment, but I don't believe Roger is unapologetic or making light of his tumultuous early-life choices and the ensued consequences. It's his way of speaking and if anyone has ever met him, they will understand what I'm talking about. It's honest story-telling without the bells and whistles. It suits his character. Roger's life story is so captivating, there is no need to scream it. He had my attention from page one to the epilogue. I devoured this book into settings of about 4 hours each. I am sure many fans will have the same experience of reading it quickly and then going back and reading it again. It is that good!
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One of best singer in NYHC the history and details are great Roger The Godfather of hardcore