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"Meno supplies his proverbial coming-of-age story a punk-rock area, as seventeen-year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald attempts to land his first girlfriend...Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant younger look for meaning...His gabby, heartfelt, and totally plausible tackle formative years moves a successful chord."
"A humorous, hard-rocking first-person story of youth angst and discovery."
"Captures the free, enjoyable, recklessness of midwestern punk."
"Captures either the wonder and sting of early life with unflinching honesty."
"Joe Meno writes with the strength, honesty, and emotional impression of the easiest punk rock. From the outlet sentence to the final notice, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip."
--Jim DeRogatis, pop tune critic, Chicago Sun-Times
"The such a lot actual younger voice for the reason that J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield...A darn stable book."
"Sensitive, well-observed, usually laugh-out-loud funny...You will not remorse a second of the journey."
"Meno is a romantic at center. now not the greeting card variety, or the Harlequin paperback model, however the kind who thinks, deep down, that issues subject, that artwork can swap lives."
--Elgin Courier News
"Funny and fascinating and unhappy and genuine. The adults are sparingly but poignantly drawn, specifically the fathers, who slip via with no asserting a lot yet make a profound impression."
"Underneath his angst, Brian, the narrator of Hairstyles of the Damned, possesses a disarming experience of compassion which permits him to bug his approach into the reader's middle. it's this easy contradiction that makes Meno's portrait of early life so convincing: He has dug up and displayed for us the key paradox of the teenage years, the need to belong pitted opposed to the necessity for individuality--a consistent conflict of hate and love."
"Joe Meno is familiar with Chicago's south aspect the best way Jane Goodall knew chimps and apes--which is to assert, he rather is aware it. He additionally is aware concerning the early '90s, punk rock, and awkward formative years. better of all, he is aware the price of leisure. Hairstyles of the Damned is facts positive."
--John McNally, writer of The booklet of Ralph
"Filled with references to dozens of bands and mix-tape set lists, the book's center and soul is pushed by means of a teenager's life-changing discovery of punk's social and political message...Meno's regulate ego, Brian Oswald, is a modern day Holden Caulfield...It's a humorous, candy, and, every now and then, hard-hitting tale with a punk vibe."
--Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"Meno's language is rhythmic and sincere, expressing issues right English by no means may. and you have got at hand it to the writer, who pulled off an exceptional trick: The ebook is punk rock. it isn't simply punk rock. it isn't simply about punk rock; it embodies the assumption of punk rock; it embodies the assumption of punk--it's frustrated at authority, it will not groom itself safely, and it irritates. but its rebellious spirit is inspiring and correct at the mark."
Hairstyles of the Damned is the debut novel of our Punk Planet Books imprint, which originates from Punk Planet magazine.
Hairstyles of the Damned is a good, true-life depiction of growing to be up punk on Chicago's south aspect: a research within the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic institution conformism, and sophistication repression. it's the tale of the riotous exploits of Brian, a highschool burnout, and his ally, Gretchen, a punk rock woman keen on brawling. in accordance with the particular occasions surrounding a Chicago excessive school's segregated promenade, this paintings of fiction unflinchingly pursues the reality in getting to know what it capacity to be your individual person.