Hairstyles of the Damned is the third novel by Chicago author Joe Meno. Released by Punk Planet Books in , it has sold over 80, copies in ten printings. I enjoyed Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno very much. I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Perhaps I am being shallow, but I. Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings) gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk- rock edge, as year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to.

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What’s the Name o So a big confession before anything else — that I went into this book really wanting to like author Joe Meno. Be the first to ask a question about Hairstyles of the Damned. Mainly coz of how I am also MEAN and tend to have the least room in my heart for that which reminds me most ably of myself. Brian starts out as kind of a heavy metal kid and gradually evolves into the real punk scene. I am a gray-haired year-old teacher of high school English.

Aug 18, jo. I will pass this book on–secretly–to my students. Write a customer review. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Jun 02, Niki rated it liked it Shelves: Brian kisses a girl at the party but later ditches her in favor leaving the party with Gretchen when the cops come.

Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno

Why yes, he says, as a certain amount of you now roll your eyes, this is one of those “indie-rock novels” that have become so popular among a certain crowd since the mid-’90s or so, which you should be prepared for before starting; that if you disdain breathless exclamations about how a punk show can singlehandedly and permanently change a person’s life, you need to stay the hell away from Hairstyles and do it fast. Detail from the cover of ‘Hairstyles of the Damned.


Brian’s parents are having marital problems, he needs money to buy wheels “I needed a van because, like Mike always said, guys with vans always got the most trim, after the guys who could grow mustaches”he experiments with sex and vandalism. A darn good book. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Hairstyles of the Damned

From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip. I recommend Hairstyles of the Damned, particularly to music loves and even more particularly to punk music lovers. Oct 24, Thomas rated it it was ok Shelves: As of yet, it hadn’t done much for me. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Post was not sent – check damhed email addresses! Now thee warned – this book is not for the faint of heart.

Take what you can get. Punk-rock misfits who don’t give you the juicy details.

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There are no jolly fat people in novels under the age of But, perhaps Meno’s true popularity began to soar due, in part, to ‘s Hairstyles of the Damned Punk Planet Bookswhich proves to be both amusing and endearing Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a hairdtyles trivial mention.

At first it drove me crazy but eventually I realized he was using the language style to capture the world of his subjects similar to Jay McInerny’s Story of My Life. Because you know what? My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads’ meni limits. I know I probably say this too much, but if he’d had a good editor and cut about a quarter of the book and streamlined and polished it, it could have been a whole lot th.

It was a Tuesday around four in the afternoon, the first semester of our junior year in high school, and neither one of us had anything to do, because Gretchen had just recently been fired from the Cinnabon at the mall for flipping off a female customer when she asked for more icing, and I wasn’t allowed to work because my mother was very overprotective of me and insisted that I only focus on studying.


His gabby, heartfelt, and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord. Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. I mean it wasn’t the worst thing ever but I felt like I could have just used haigstyles of the Damned” is about Brian Oswald, a guy in high school who is growing up punk. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. He meets people, does drugs, listen to cool punk music, and gets a girlfriend or two along the way.

The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend, Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Email required Address never made public. Just kidding; it wasn’t particularly fun. I loved that it took place in Chicago and all the music references. A Visit hairstyoes the Goon Squad.

Be ready, the end is nigh. The teen is not a nerd or a jock, but lives in a space between those stereotypes. Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World.

It merely stated, never quite pointed to the “why” or the “how” to change them, with the exception of brief passages on “why the black kids were so angry.