My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts, & Glory
By Roger Miret with Jon Wiederhorn
(Lesser Gods)

Over the years, I’ve caught Roger Miret perform on several occasions (with both Agnostic Front and The Disasters). Yet he’s one of those musicians that I’ve never really put much thought into as far where he came from (until now at least). Everything from his dysfunctional upbringings, to squatting on the streets of NYC, doing time in the big house, and of course, pioneering the sound of crossover thrash as a member of A.F., is covered within the pages of this book (and those with weaker stomachs be warned, this definitely isn’t your mama’s bio!). No stone is left un-turned as he details the brutal early days of a harsh underground music scene.

The book begins with forwards by both Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, and Dropkick Murphys singer Al Barr, which definitely help add to the build up. But as an avid reader/writer, I do have to take off a few points for grammar alone; not only did my eyes come across a typo or two (which is irking enough in itself!), but at times it reads almost as if it were written with the intention of “dumbing” things down for the audience (hopefully I’m just over thinking it here, though). Still, it’s an interesting read that ends on an honest note, and I don’t regret taking the time to get to know Mr. Miret better. And the fact he was able to emerge a better person after some of the experiences he shares with us here, truly makes for an inspiring story of perseverance.

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