Michael Marcus and Jack Grisham discuss and sign #1 Son and Other Stories & An American Demon


"Michael Marcus takes us on a wild adventure through the darkest depths of addiction, sexuality, deceit, and depravity with a raw grace and eloquence that brings to mind the voices of Jim Carroll in THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, Irvine Welsh in TRAINSPOTTING, Denis Johnson in JESUS' SON, and Junot Diaz in DROWN. Not for a moment do we question our narrator's truth as he depicts larger-than-life characters who are in a constant struggle to survive. "Marcus has an engaging voice as an author that is matched by his raucous humor. To read #1 Son is an experience of monumental portions. A powerful, fresh new voice has taken center stage on the literary scene." --Jon Hess  An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), his writing and true life experiences are physically and psychologically more complex, unsettling, and violent than those of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk. Eloquently disregarding the prefabricated formulas of the drunk-to-sober, bad-to-good tale, this is an entirely new kind of life lesson: summoned through both God and demons, while settling within eighties hardcore punk culture and its radical-to-the-core (and most assuredly non-evangelical) parables, Grisham leads us, cleverly, gorgeously, between temporal violence and bigger-picture spirituality toward something very much like a path to salvation and enlightenment. An American Demon flourishes on both extremes, as a scary hardcore punk memoir and as a valuable message to souls navigating through an overly materialistic and woefully self-absorbed "me first" modern society. An American Demon conveys anger and truth within the perfect setting, using a youth rebellion that changed the world to open doors for this level of brash destruction. Told from the point of view of a seminal member of the American Punk movement -- doused in violence, rebellion, alcoholism, drug abuse, and ending with beautiful lessons of sobriety and absolution -- this book is as harrowing and life-affirming as anything you're ever going to read. (ECW Press)

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Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
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8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
An American Demon: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781550229561
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: ECW Press - May 1st, 2011

#1 Son and Other Stories Cover Image
By Michael Marcus, Iris Berry (Editor), Wyatt Doyle (Editor)
ISBN: 9780999614181
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Published: Punk Hostage Press - December 24th, 2017