Monday, January 14, 2008

Evolution of the Cro-Magnon Man

I’m not sure if any of you have been late on this but I thought I would give a little insight on a book titled “The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon” that was released a few weeks ago written by John Joseph of the Cro-Mags and currently of Bloodclot, who put one of my favorite demos out last year by the way. If you have never heard about John or the Cro-Mags I encourage you to pick up the novel and so do some research on them.

From my understanding John has been working on this book for quite a few years. The book is a honest story about his life and his experience with the Cro-Mags, he includes a lengthy and honest insight on the real Cr0-Mag beef that has been filled with rumors for years. The thing that interested me most about the book and information surrounding is the early story of John growing up in group and fosters homes and dealing with the social work side of society. It’s amazing to see how much of a mess it was prior to the last 10 years, my career is in social work/mental health, I counsel emotional disturbed and troubled children and teenagers. I’m going to get into my views of the past and the current field in this blog post but it’s very interesting to see how John has lived his life, it will make you cherish your family very much.

To the book was released a few weeks ago but there has been a rare audio recording of John reading majority of the book running around the web for over a year now, which I have listed below.
I'm not sure if these recordings where for promotional use or something John decided to do for the hell of it, I haven't seen it anywhere to purchase so who knows if it will ever be released. I don’t think it covers everything in the novel but some very important aspects of it and it’s great to here John read his own words, it’s very entertaining and emotional at times.

“So if you want to remember what NYC was like in the 70's and 80's, if you are interested in selling fake acid at Madison Square Garden, or dressing up like Santa Clause in a wheelchair to hustle money for the Hari Krishnas, or for that matter, if you are just interested in some of the best of the 8 billion” – Adam Yaunch of the Beastie Boys

Evolution of the Cro-Magnon Man
John Josephs Audio Book - narrated by the man himself.

1.Part 1
2.Part 2
3.Part 3
4.Part 4

If you like what you hear you can purchase the book at: Punkhouse.org