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Daddy Was a Punk Rocker book. Read 35 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00C1KOO72Currently Una. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Brown Vinyl release of My Daddy Was A Punk Rocker on Discogs.
Adam Sharp is a highly capable writer who knows exactly what buttons to press emotionally, what parts of his life are worth recounting, and how to keep the dramatic tension going from the start of each chapter though to the end. He doles out small, significant events in tantalising morsels to keep the pages turning and precedes each new chapter with a sensational lede. It is virtually impossible not to keep reading, however upsetting the previous chapter may have been.
The casualties of the fallout from the lives of the main players. Collateral damage. The gut-wrench back to hard reality is that this is not a soap. This is the story of a kid whose parents were too wrapped up in their own obsessions and addictions to care about the primal needs of a child that they should have been responsible for, a small boy's assumption of responsibility for his parents' dereliction and his lonely and futile attempts to compensate, to fix things, to fill the void.
Coming from a broken home myself, having dealt or failed to deal with abusive and violent step parents, the resultant upheavals, the emptiness and desolation at seeing my own absent father drive away after one poxy day visit, dumping me with my grandparents for the holidays instead of taking the opportunity to spend time with me It also acts as a cautionary tale for me as a father myself, maintaining the bonds with my own young children who are hundreds of miles away because of my own unwitting negligence.
The sins of the father, etcetera. I wasn't overly keen on the tense it was written in. When the author was writing about events that are at best hearsay and by that I do not mean his own memories or experiences but rather events he knows about only via third parties, I would have liked to known the sources.
Specifically I am talking about the intrauterine events in relation to his parents actions, especially his mother. How does he know she did those things and who told him? If he was told by a third party then that person was relating them through their own frame of reference. The author never states who told him these things and I have to say if it was his father or grandfather then that was pure spite on their part.
There are things a person does not need to know. If it was his mother then I would wager the comment that she wasn't trying to kill him 'Adam' because at that point he didn't exist as Adam or as a child. Reading any autobiographical material that delves into abuse or neglect is always hard and even more so for the person who has written and then published it.
What is really evident throughout is that even after all those years all the author really wanted, despite all the neglect and abuse, was for either one of his parents to just want him. To love him unconditionally for the person he is. One of the hardest lessons in life is realising that parents are nothing more than mere mortals and they make mistakes, often lots of them. When a person is capable of stepping away from that vicious cycle of mistakes and makes a conscious decision to not be part of that cycle anymore, that is the first step in the right direction.
You can't change the past and you can't change another person, you can only change yourself. Unfortunately we also don't always have to the chance for closure. People die and cheat you of the chance to get that one thing you want the most. The reality is that it probably never would have happened the way you imagine it in your dreams. You can probably tell by the way I am rattling on that the story made some sort of impact on me. I didn't like the tense, it could have been written in a less stocato way but The raw emotion is there just beneath the surface.
It simmers for a while and then takes a bite now and again.
The fact that I could feel his anger, his pain, his disappointment and inevitably his sorrow, is what will make me remember this story, despite the odd thing I didn't like about it. I received a free copy of this book for my review. Daddy Was a Punk Rocker is the deeply moving memoir written by Adam Sharp, who tells the story of his amazing life, but often difficult and troubled upbringing.
Been an unwanted son of a heroin addict mother Martine and a punk rock father Colin , Adam's young life was plagued with violence and abandonment. In addition, moving from households in Manchester and Newcastle made Adam question who he was as he struggled to create an identity. However, because of his spirit, determination and the belief that his father will always come good, Adam goes on to become a successful but troubled young man.
It's hard to give a review of what happens in this novel because I don't want to give too much away.
What I think you guys should know is that this book is truly well written and moving. I loved how honest Sharp was in the novel, which must have been really hard because it's his own life he's talking about! Nevertheless, I think it's great that he holds nothing back as it makes his story so much more grittier and real. It also makes his memoir extremely sad.
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I made friends to last a lifetime and I have memories that could fill volumes. Don't get me wrong.
I love my life in the suburbs. The wife, the kid, the dog, the car in the driveway and the two-storey house — I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. But I also wouldn't give up the "wasted" years either.
The years that I spent scraping together a living while my university classmates moved on to start their careers are just as important to me as the years I've spent since building my career and my family. Besides, my kid's already showing an interest.