Finding Joseph - An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains: No. I

Author(s): Howie Abrams

punk & punk rock

The first fully authorized biography of one of rock's most enigmatic singers is a thoroughly uncensored rollercoaster ride through a riotous, tumultuous and utterly singular life and career. This gripping oral history features H.R. himself and the people who know him best, including Ian MacKaye, Questlove and members of Sublime and the Deftones. The spiritual leader of Bad Brains was one of the most iconic and legendary front men in punk rock and hardcore. Paul "H.R." Hudson launched his unique, ferocious vocal assault and dynamic physical showmanship with love and Rasta in his heart, along with a hopefulness seldom found in punk. His journey has been riddled with unprecedented volatility: drugs, violence, disappearances and a debilitating mental illness. The disorder was so powerful-and the suffering so severe-that it's difficult to fathom how he even survived. How could one so tremendously troubled produce such an incredible body of work and have made such an impact? Finding Joseph I features interviews with H.R.'s family, bandmates past and present, friends, and those he has influenced and inspired. Interviewees include members of Bad Brains, Guns N' Roses, Black Flag, Living Colour, 311, Fishbone, the Wailers, Cro-Mags, Dead Prez, Murphy's Law, P.O.D., Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more. Packed with many rare and never-before-seen images, Finding Joseph I is the definitive account of the punk rock icon. Howie Abrams co-authored The Merciless Book of Metal Lists and Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour. James Lathos is a director. His documentary debut is Finding Joseph I: The Story of Paul "H.R." Hudson.


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Howie Abrams is a former music business executive turned author from New York City. He co-authored The Merciless Book of Metal Lists with Sacha Jenkins and Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour with Kevin Lyman. Howie currently contributes to Noisey as well as Mass Appeal, and he co-hosts a weekly radio show on East Village Radio called Merciless with rapper ILL BILL. Bad Brains is his all-time favorite band! James Lathos is a director, cinematographer, editor, and published writer living in Florida. He makes his documentary debut with Finding Joseph I: The Story of Paul "H.R." Hudson.

General Fields

  • : 9781944713010
  • : Lesser Gods
  • : Lesser Gods
  • : December 2016
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Howie Abrams
  • : Hardback
  • : 272