The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon by John Joseph

7:30 p.m.


The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Hardcore music legend John Joseph and his second edition of his autobiography. Join us to learn more about the man behind The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon.

In his autobiography, John recounts his hard times and spiritual redemption. A traumatic childhood in foster homes was just the beginning of John’s evolution. Before fronting one of the most important bands in the underground punk scene, the Cro-Mags, John faced homelessness, addiction, betrayal and insanity. Still, even his success couldn’t save him from a relapse that set him back to square one – rock bottom. The book is a raw and unapologetic autobiography about his life. The placid demonstration of truth presents an unmasked picture of his life and continues to inspire many. The second edition contains a new chapter, afterward and photographs from John’s personal collection.

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In 1977, when New York City was bankrupt, corrupt and the murder capital of America, John escaped abusive homes and took to the street. He was 14 years old, homeless, living through the Son of Sam killings, the infamous Blackout of 1977, and rampant out-of-control New York City violence. He survived those tumultuous days and nights alone, sleeping in burnt-out buildings, acting as a heroin drug-mule, a street dealer, and a hustler. He was shot, stabbed, and beaten (and returned the favor on many occasions.) In late 1978 his life crashed down as he was incarcerated for 21 months in New York State’s worst juvenile facility, Spofford Correctional. But what is most compelling about John’s story is how he overcame the obstacles and adversity; his loss of family, his serious addictions to crack cocaine and alcohol. He did it by making a switch to a spiritual lifestyle, finding punk rock music, adopting a plant-based diet, and training seriously in the martial arts. Besides his music being highly influential to all rock genres, John has been a major influence in getting the worldwide punk-rock scene to eat healthy and exercise. But his influence hasn’t stopped there. He’s replaced the Iron Bars of the prison system with the Ironman Triathlon as a way to constantly challenge himself physically, mentally and spiritually. John still tours as the lead singer with the world-famous Cro-Mags, the group which everyone from Metallica to Black Flag to Green Day credit as one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time. And to top it all off, John spends time mentoring at-risk and incarcerated youths & adults, has adapted his memoir for the big screen, and has many other projects in the works including books, films and TV projects.



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