An American Demon: A Memoir

An American Demon A Memoir 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 pun

  • Title: An American Demon: A Memoir
  • Author: Jack Grisham
  • ISBN: 9781550229561
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 complex, unsettling, and violent than those of Bret Easto 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 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.

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    1. Jack Grisham is a talented writer. However, he needs an editor. If I had to read one more elongated diatribe about how he's a demon and we're merely humans that are somehow ignorant of his incredible knowledge of the underworld, I was gonna puke. Got it, buddy, you're a real tough guy, you're craaazy. And hey, I'll give Grisham credit on the demon stuff - he is an asshole. No doubt about it. Who else would punch his pregnant girlfriend in the belly, threaten kids with a sawed off shotgun and try [...]

    2. It says, on the jacket, "If you've ever found yourself unable to turn away from witnessing an accident, crash, or natural disaster, you'll read An American Demon straight through." And so I did. I had to put it down a few times -- it isn't a nice book, after all; Grisham wasn't a nice person -- but I didn't stay away for long. I'm not even sure it's a GOOD book, quite frankly, but I seem to have lost all perspective on what a good book even means anymore. let me back up. If you know anything abo [...]

    3. Jack Grisham is a human piece of crap which is what made this book so fascinating to read. I was hooked within the first few pages and it kept me up at night wanting to find out what happened next. I am familiar with Mr. Grisham's work as front man of the band TSOL but knew nothing of his personal life. His life as a teen and young adult reminded me of a modern telling of Clockwork Orange. This certainly isn't for everyone, but I couldn't put it down.

    4. Holy shit, Jack Grisham is totally fucked up. I really don't know how to describe this book, it's not even really a memoir, because he talks about himself as a literal demon, and sometimes has conversations with Satan. Unless he's schizophrenic, we have to just see this as a memoir with fiction thrown in for fun??? He also comes across as, seriously, the most unlikable guy ever. I mean not like Hitler unlikable, but like the meanest fucking dude you went to school with times 10 unlikable. Massiv [...]

    5. Kind of a disappointment. TSOL was and still is one of my favorite bands, and as someone who spent a lot of time in the punk scene I've seen my fair share of characters, but Grisham is just unbearable. Often great artists are terrible people. In this case, Grisham's art is songwriting, not memoir. Not only he's not a pleasant person, but the book relishes in that conceit. Too bad.

    6. This book is not for everyone. It is gritty, uncomfortable and much like a train wreck, you won't want to look away or miss a word. I just wish that there was an audio version since I think it would have been even better to hear Jack Grisham recount these tales in his own voice. Since this is labelled a memoir, I am sure that there are certain elements of the story that are not exactly how others remember them and are colored through vast amounts of alcohol and drugs. If you know that going in, [...]

    7. Jack Grisham writes one hell of a book! An American Demon: A Memoir is disturbing, dark, and makes you feel like you need a shower just to wash off the dirt but at the same time you can't stop reading because it's his truth and its mesmerizing, intoxicating, filthy and yet super smart. Mr. Demon takes you places you have never been, gratefully and does so with a clever hand. Written in such a way that you become disgusted with yourself for even wanting to read more but the demon has lured you in [...]

    8. I've yet to read a book that better captures the manic desperation of my time growing up as a punk kid in Southern California than Jack Grisham's "An American Demon," of the existential dichotomy that everything was possible but that nothing was right. To read my full review, click the link here:aholeofthecentury

    9. TSOL were always the exemplary great old school hardcore band to me when I was a kid, and Jack Grisham’s incendiary attitude and snotty vocals were the core of that band’s awesome delivery. Grisham’s memoir doesn’t disappoint. Its contents are as disturbing as blasting “Code Blue” on the family stereo for the first time.This book reads like the best hardcore songs: urgent, unsettling, totally damaged, but with an undeniable heart beating in some hidden place. I was at times disgusted [...]

    10. "An American Demon: A Memoir" is the true story of the life and times of Jack Grisham, lead singer of T.S.O.L. Instead of writing a typical memoir, he presented his story as though he were, in fact, a demon. In addition, he created this interesting universe regarding demons, God, and the "not quite". This creative choice made the book more palatable. Many of the events he describes include him being absolutely horrible to people whom he knows love him very much. This demon version of himself has [...]

    11. Definitely not for the timid or those easily disgusted. This reads like Augusten Burroughs meets Bukowski meets Sid ViciousI loved it! Well , most of the time, some of the misogynistic scenes were really difficult for me to get past. However, the punk rock history and the alcoholism/addiction aspects coupled with recovery and just plain readable hedonistic, train wreck exploits of Jack Grisham made this mostly a great read. Must say though that his writing abilities wavers some. He starts off ve [...]

    12. I am impressed. Jack has really turned out a unique, hard-hitting memoir. Not your average rock bio and definitely not for the weak of heart. Jack doesn't seem to hold anything back, portraying himself as a vicious "demon" using and discarding people from an early age. He enjoyed causing pain to others and seemed to do it at every opportunity. Not the portrait of a nice guy, and he doesn't go very far into the "redemption" part of the story, if at all. Reminded of me of Art Pepper's bio in that [...]

    13. Good luck finding a more unlikable, but charming narrator. How he did not end up in jail or in the grave is a mystery, but if you believe Grisham, it's because the "not-quite" was looking out for him, keeping him safe and alive. The angle of being written by the demon that took hold of his body is an interesting one, but after a while it keeps the insight uneven. When it's Jack telling the story, I'm hooked. He's a good writer and storyteller. When it's the demon wagging the dog, it took me out [...]

    14. Jack Grisham, the founder of the punk band TSOL, writes an unusual memoir here, more or less telling his life story from the perspective that a demon lived within him during his often reckless-drugged-up-and-violent life. He's actually a pretty good storyteller, and the fictional techniques he uses work well, too, but I sometimes wished for a story that was something I could trust a bit more. Read it for work, though never did the interview for scheduling reasons. Maybe this year? 2011/4

    15. I don't know if I could say it any better than previous reviewers. I read it all in one day-I was on a road trip. I had troubles with how bad of a person Jack was/maybe is a little. I remember loving TSOL as a teen, but if I had any idea of the man behind the image, I would have been shocked. How he got away with all of this is crazy. Yeah-it reads like fiction since how could someone be so disassociated with the mayhem he was creating? Not for people who like puppies and butterflies.

    16. It's been a couple of years since I read MOst of this book. I had to stop at a particular scene, which has since haunted my brain. I think back to this book when I hear about heinous crimes on the evening news. It's people like Jack who do these things; those possessed by demons, whatever you conceive of them to be. So I had to stop reading it, and part of me wishes I would never have even started.

    17. I absolutely loved this book. As the lead vocalist of T.S.O.L Jack Grisham's lyrics encouraged and inspired my earliest teenaged dabblings in the world of poetry and verse. Expressing thoughts of beauty and ugliness, often simultaneously, his words will make you sit up and pay attention and think. Jack Grisham is the reqal shit, and this book is a classic.

    18. In one word, WOW! Great job for Jack's first outing as an author. This book clearly isn't for everyone, that being said, I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of days! I had the privilege of meeting Jack recently after a TSOL/Flag show, and he was super cool. He signed a copy of his lates book, "Untamed", which i will be reading soon!

    19. I could not put this book down. For the past several nights I have read it until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. It was disturbing and fascinating, sometimes sickening and sometimes even funny. Great read. That said, I think I hate Jack Grisham. (I'm willing to bet that a lot of people hate him.) If he writes another book, though, I'll probably read it.

    20. There are times in my life where I have considered if I am a horrible person, compared to what's in this memoir I should be up for sainthood. The book is well written is disturbing, dark and totally gripping even if he leans on some tropes in his writing over and over.

    21. God lord what a difficult book. Jack Grishmam really is a demon. Just kinda amazing how messed up his early days were.

    22. i happened to meet Jack in the TSOL days, and liked him. i enoyed the book it was very entertaining. he's quite a lout.

    23. This one will stick with me for awhile. I've never read another punk memoir like it and I doubt I will again. This is one-of-a-kind evil.

    24. Great unique writing style from a demon's perspective. A little cumbersome at first but once you get into it, pretty enjoyable. (Aside from the fact the dude had no morals for half his life)

    25. Not for everyone, but a great read.I was never really a TSOL fan, but Jack spins a great tale of violent youth.

    26. This is the type of book that is hard to put down and not because it is fun. I finished it and my literary critique was: "Whoa."

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