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Daddy Was A Punk Rocker (2000)

by Adam Sharp(Favorite Author)
3.77 of 5 Votes: 4
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review 1: Unlike most of the reviewers here, I've never had much interest in punk (though it's interesting that I've finished this on the night Facebook is exploding with news of Tommy Ramone's death). But while some readers might have made more of the musical references, I connected deeply with Adam's aimlessness, his need to constantly reinvent himself, his alternating rejection of/desire to connect to his father and all he associated with him. This story will seem uncomfortably familiar to anyone who grew up with emotionally distant (and/or largely missing) parents...especially the fantasies about finally winning the elusive approval of same. Someone here commented that the storytelling was "messy," but that seems entirely consistent with how we remember childhood...not as a line... morear story, but a series of moments that we keep replaying/processing in the search for meaning and identity. Also, it reflects the very nature of Adam's relationship with his father, which itself was episodic in nature.As unique as the specific details of Adam's life are, the struggle to find one's place without a solid family anchor is universal. I recently became a mother, and I know elements of Adam's story will stick with me, as I reflect on how I want my son's life to be.
review 2: I picked this up on Amazon for Kindle because it looked like the memoir of the child of a punk rocker. It was, but it wasn't a star I had whose music I knew. I expected issues, but it really could have been the memoir of any relatively poor kid growing up in London in the 80s. Having said that, it wasn't terrible. The story is sad at times, funny at times and moves along quickly. All in all, not terrible. I just expected some punk rock!If you enjoyed the "Perks of Being A Wallflower" or other angst infused teen memoirs, this one was inexpensive for Kindle and worth a look. I liked it and the price is right for Kindle. It was also relatively short at about 200 pages. Again, heavy on the angst, short on the punk rock. less
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Victorita9
Wonderfully written and captivating.
kadysha
Sad, funny, arresting memoir.
Sar23
It was OK.
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