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Banned for Life By D.R. Haney Banned for Life For almost two decades rumors have swirled around Jim Cassady a quasi legendary musician who disappeared without a trace after his girlfriend s apparent suicide Though largely written off as dead s

  • Title: Banned for Life
  • Author: D.R. Haney
  • ISBN: 9781427624994
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Banned for Life By D.R. Haney For almost two decades, rumors have swirled around Jim Cassady, a quasi legendary musician who disappeared without a trace after his girlfriend s apparent suicide Though largely written off as dead, some claim to have had brushes with Cassady, now said to be homeless and bumming change on the streets of his native Los Angeles Intrigued, Jason Maddox, a would be filmmakerFor almost two decades, rumors have swirled around Jim Cassady, a quasi legendary musician who disappeared without a trace after his girlfriend s apparent suicide Though largely written off as dead, some claim to have had brushes with Cassady, now said to be homeless and bumming change on the streets of his native Los Angeles Intrigued, Jason Maddox, a would be filmmaker and Cassady fan, decides to investigate But the man he eventually finds and befriends is damaged in ways he could never have imagined, and Jason s own life begins to unravel as he tries to save the hapless Jim Cassady from himself.A mystery wrapped in a roller coaster account of the American pop culture underbelly, Banned for Life has been cited as a cult favorite by the New York Journal of Books, with a reputation that continues to expand Every once in a while, I read a book that I think everyone else should read A book that lovers of all genres can enjoy A book that I wish I could buy for every single non reader out there to prove to them what they are missing Banned for Life is one of those booksonce I started, I knew I was not going to want it to end It called to me every time I put it down It begged It screamed I savored every moment of it, and I dreaded reading that final sentence The Next Best Book Blog.pitch perfect, laugh out loud funny, and heartrendingly sad of those rare books that tells the story of a generation Chris Kraus,
    Banned for Life By D.R. Haney

    Banned for Life Haney, Duke Books May , There are two major threads to the plot of Banned for Life which I ll refer to as BFL from this point One is a turbulent romance, and it s not your traditional love story by any means the other is sort of search and rescue in which the main character, Jason Maddox, finds his musical idol after this man mysteriously vanished from the punk rock scene, and Jason s Banned for Life by Duke Haney duke haney s writing voice is completely intimate, and mesmerizing, and this is a remarkable debut novel banned for life moves along at a good clip, keeps you guessing, and pushes you deeper into the lives of his wonderfully wrought characters until you are completely immersed in the world of his book i talked a lot to this book while reading it arguing with the characters, Israeli British Journalist Has Been Banned for Life From Oct , JNS Israeli British journalist Jonathan Spyer revealed in an article in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he is banned for life Banned for Life Paperback Walmart Walmart Up to sh back Banned for Life follows Jason Maddox s serio comic adventures in the underground punk scene, stretching beyond mosh pit mayhem and barroom brawls to explore death and obsession and purpose. Israeli British journalist has been banned for life from Oct , October , JNS Israeli British journalist Jonathan Spyer revealed in an article in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he is banned for life from entering America Spyer received a document from the U.S Consulate in Jerusalem in , in which the State Department informed him of its decision based on a provision of the Immigration and

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    1. D.R. Haney on said:

      I m not going to review this book, as I m the author, except to give it five stars It took me nine years to write, and I figure for that reason alone I ve earned my own high rating.

    2. Suzanne on said:

      I am not the audience for this book However, I did find many parts of it oddly entertaining, the way that gossipy accounts of other people s dysfunction and high drama can be Punk rocker filmmaker sometime temp and usually broke Jason Maddox narrates in a very casual and conversational tone his adventures with various, often oddball, friends, lovers, band mates and an agoraphobic retired music idol, through the landscapes of New York, Los Angeles, and Belgrade The characters who populate this no [...]

    3. Lori on said:

      Review copy.Every once in awhile, I find myself reading a book that surprises me A book that amazes me A book that demands attention A book that forces me to read it slowly, and thoroughly, in an effort to make it last This is one of those books.D.R Haney s book was recommended to me by Greg Olear author of Totally Killer and I am so glad that he did, because had he not, I fear I may never have come across it on my own And I want to thank Haney for mailing me a copy to review.D.R Haney spent 9 y [...]

    4. Kristi Lamont on said:

      So, I got this book at the end of November from the author, fuller disclosure later , and read the first 15 pages of it and had to put it down because I knew if I read one word I would get absolutely nothing else done, because all I would want to do is read the story of a guy who in a slightly other place and time could ve been me and my friends as we discovered punk music.Then, of course, I hesitated to pick it back up after the holidays, because what if it wasn t as good as I remembered Well, [...]

    5. Kerry on said:

      I d read D.R Haney s collection of personal essays, Subversia, and really enjoyed it This naturally lead me to buy a copy of this, his novel And guess what I loved it There is so much STORY in this story Many people will tell you this is a punk rock novel, but that is so misleading It s about family and where you come from and where you want to go and how you get there and don t get there It s about friendships, good ones and bad ones and ones that are both It s about music and movies and art an [...]

    6. Ben Loory on said:

      this book is remarkable for two reasons first, because it has a character in it that is absolutely real i don t generally read for character, but every now and then one of them leaps out at me and i go, oh, look, a character, that s great i mean like holden caulfield or tarzan or queequeg or whatever the character peewee in this book is one of those really he s gonna live in my head now him and his buddy sammy glick who maybe are cousins they have a lot in common cond reason this book is remarka [...]

    7. Scott on said:

      D.R Haney s novel Banned for Life, may be the best rock roll novel ever It is actually one of my very favorite novels I have ever read of any genre Rock Roll Punk is kind of the overall arch of the book However, much importantly, the novel has to do with growing up, and how one deals with the changes of the people growing up around them and their own changesletting go, moving on, keeping parts of our past with us I know I am not making this sound like the most spectacular book, but it really is [...]

    8. Allie on said:

      Banned for Life starts out much like other memoir style stories, with the main character Jason relating some tale from his past that s bound to lead someplace, but quickly becomes something After you ve found yourself hooked by the story you realize that what s really holding your attention is not just the story, but also the way it s told The writing is so honest, so raw and truthful as Jason tells of his experiences and feelings and the complicated situations that all eventually brought him t [...]

    9. Sean Beaudoin on said:

      This is a love story A story about embracing people you can t have, music you can t contain, movies you can t make money off of, and people too damaged by the sort of self destructive brilliance that makes great art We worship these people from afar, but are rarely in the car or the alley with them, mopping up teeth, realizing what the day to day cost of a true lack of compromise really is This book captures that feeling, as well as a period of time when punk was vital, the Corporatocracy was pr [...]

    10. Greg Olear on said:

      Banned For Life is about punk rock Sure, just like Moby Dick is about whales This is the thrilling story of Jason Maddox, 80s musician turned 90s screenwriter, who embarks on an Ahab like quest of his own although the blubbery object of his fascination is a vanished punk poet Like Melville, D.R Haney has created a world so rich in detail, so authentic, so damned cool, you want to take up a harpoon or, in this case, a guitar and join the fray Banned For Life is literary fiction at its best funny, [...]

    11. Darcia Helle on said:

      This is a coming of age story that explores human nature and the choices we make through a journey of sex, drugs and rock roll Haney takes us through the punk rock movement, the challenges and rewards of starting a band, and the difficulties of finding a balance between doing what we love and becoming responsible adults Mixed in there is heartbreak and love, friendship and loss Banned For Life is a well written, captivating story with memorable characters Not only is this an excellent read but i [...]

    12. Maureen on said:

      duke haney s writing voice is completely intimate, and mesmerizing, and this is a remarkable debut novel banned for life moves along at a good clip, keeps you guessing, and pushes you deeper into the lives of his wonderfully wrought characters until you are completely immersed in the world of his book i talked a lot to this book while reading it arguing with the characters, who felt like friends of mine, nodding with satisfaction when they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, cringing when [...]

    13. Dane O'Leary on said:

      I enjoyed this book so much that I don t even know where to start this review.I suppose I could start by saying that I m extremely picky about the fiction that s written today Oftentimes it s unoriginal, uninspired, formulaic garbage that lacks any romance and leaves me feeling frustrated because it s clear that the author is trying far too hard to write the next Harry Potter or Twilight series with the movie and merchandising deals that come along with it And actually, that s another thing I wa [...]

    14. Steffanie on said:

      I m not sure when I started reading this book 2013 ish I believe I fell in love with it pretty quickly I would say I finished 7 8th of the book and then wham LOST IT A couple other books are missing too A backpack full of books I took around with me for long waits is floating around somewhere, with some amazing books in it Perhaps it s in the Rancho Cucamonga courthouse, where I anticipated sitting all day for jury duty I had to reorder Banned for Life Because than a year or two had passed, I r [...]

    15. Rebecca on said:

      Overall, I really enjoyed the book However, I feel like I need to make a disclaimer here because I know many of you are sensitive about profanity in books and this one has A LOT You don t even get through the first line without encountering the f word best first line of a book ever, by the way Personally, I wasn t offended by the language in the book I thought it added a genuine voice to the character, much as I felt toward the profanity used in Lush Life by Richard Price But, I felt like I need [...]

    16. Ethan on said:

      As a teenager, I read the novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton I remember being attracted to the idea of kids who went against the social norm and really enjoyed reading the novel Now, many years later, I find myself in awe at the power of another novel about young punks and growing up In Banned for Life, author D.R Haney captures the realism and grit of growing up an outsider, on a level I have never experienced before.The novel is narrated by Jason Maddox, a struggling filmmaker who recalls the e [...]

    17. William on said:

      In last January s issue of TANK , D.R Haney quoted Marlon Brando as saying We ve come to replace art with craft and craft with cleverness Haney s first book Banned for Life seems hellbent on destroying all three Born out of this is a type of raw fiction which redeems itself in the telling a cocky confessional as introspective as it is explosive It s a whopper of a book at 405 pages and crammed with enough story and cinematic scope to give peter jackson wet dreams, but reads like a devil s dictio [...]

    18. Gillian on said:

      Banned for Life is an amazing book it well deserves all five stars The book is written like a memoir I felt like I was sitting with the author while he told me about his crazy past I especially loved the characters in Banned They seemed so real I had a clear picture in my head of who they were and what they looked like Some of the characters in this book reminded me of some of the crazy friends I ve had in the past Banned For Life is the kind of book I d love to see been made into a film There a [...]

    19. Molly on said:

      This book began with a great if profane opening line and managed to keep a frenetic pace as we journey through through the youth and early adulthood of the narrator, who we meet in high school as a preppy jock and follow into the punk rock scene and beyond Banned For Life is an authentic and faithful representation of this musical movement in the late 70s and early 80s, and as someone who was on the tail end of that trend, it brought back a lot of memories of bands I haven t listened to or thoug [...]

    20. Liam on said:

      I didn t want to expect too much from this book, so I wouldn t be disappointed if it sucked however it not only didn t suck, it turned out to be great one of the best novels I ve read in a very long time In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that the author sent me a copy of this book gratis thanx, Duke That is not really an issue, because I legitimately liked it, but it is well known that some reviewers allow themselves to be bought cheaply I never did that when I used to actua [...]

    21. Jessica on said:

      Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book very much It was fast paced and despite my reservations about not being able to relate to a punk rock novel, I found myself drawn into the story It s not just the plot, the characters were so real and alive that I felt like I knew them Sometimes it was as if I had just met Jason and he was running his mouth off telling me about his life Although he is practically a stranger, he spared no details and yet I was not offended I received this book through The Next Be [...]

    22. Stephen Bramlett on said:

      A friend sent me the book Though it didn t look like something I would embrace, once I started I was driven by the compelling story, the well developed characters, and the marvelous prose Haney s story development and style reminds me of Doctorow The main character is one of those men on a mission to cast off the tag of being damaged goods while working within his own value system all this in a setting of LA s soul less one dimensional lifestyles This book deserves a wide audience.

    23. Patricia on said:

      After a 4 month hiatus from reading, it was so nice to pick up a book that s both well written and entertaining Got me back on the proverbial horse Despite having little knowledge of the world of punk rock, I enjoyed the characters and wanted to find out what happens next Pee Wee reminded me a little bit of Owen Meany I m a big John Irving fan and the whole missing musician aspect brought me back to one of my fav movies from growing up Eddie The Cruisers.

    24. Art Edwards on said:

      Easily one of the best rock lit titles I ve ever read.People talk a lot about Peewee, but for my money, I loved the rendering of Irina, a lovely girl who learns her own mind and unconscious motives as the drama unfolds So many riveting characters Such tough language This is not MFA writing.

    25. Joe on said:

      Loved it Great story packed within realistic vignettes of life in a band, as well as the realities of post band adulthood.The story reads at a furious pace, alternating between present day life and the protagonist s past Super inventive plot points buck cliches like a bronco on steroids nothing is trite in this book Characters are developed well, and the undercurrents of music and relationships are powerful and extremely well done.Music fans will enjoy the backstories of the author s bands and t [...]

    26. Keith on said:

      I loved this and I hated it The characterisation of people and places was great and despite the grubbiness of much of the subject matter, I wanted to be there I recognised many of the scenes as universal when immersed in the lives of transient people For all their failings, I loved Jim and Peewee I lost track of how many anecdotes were completely spot on and made me laugh, enjoying the humour of the mundane One scene perfectly captured the desolation of a Greyhound terminal This entire tale was [...]

    27. Sara Habein on said:

      If anything, Banned For Life is about how one does not have to sacrifice a punk mentality with age, and that punk does not come at the expense of happiness Yes, punk is a reaction, and often an anger against the perceived wrongs in the world, but it s also this If we weren t so hellbent on screwing each other over, if we were all able to do what we want, we might be happy My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.

    28. Leslie Wilkins on said:

      I read this for GoodRead s The Next Best Book Club, where the author participated in the discussion, which definitely added to my enjoyment of the book Honestly, I liked the book much than I expected to, not having much to related to the underground punk scene of the late 80 s early 90 s But the book is about much than that It s about relationships, and about the influence of music, no matter the genre.

    29. Khris Sellin on said:

      How could I not love a book that somehow mentions Joey Shithead of DOA AND Wanda Jackson No, this book is so much than that It s about the 80s punk rock scene, it s about friendship, love, loss, grief, the excesses of LA and the Hollywood wannabes scene, life quests, soul searchingThis book has it all The characters are so real.

    30. Sydney on said:

      short review is this book is sincerely incredible I consistantly push this book onto friends, forcing them to also bask in its glory.

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