Before his life went totally off the rails, Patrick O’Neil was living the punk rock dream, working at San Francisco’s legendary Mabuhay Gardens, going on to become a roadie and then the road manager for such seminal bands as Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Subhumans, and T.S.O.L. But that was before his heroin addiction veered totally out of control. A junkie for eighteen years, O’Neil, the educated son of intellectuals, eventually turned to a life of crime, ending up the ring-leader of a group of armed bank robbers, all in an increasingly out-of-control attempt to keep himself and his girlfriend in drugs. Now, after a stint in prison and fourteen years clean off drugs, O’Neil takes a look back at the experiences—moving, calamitous, and at times both hilarious and terrifying—that led to his downfall and recovery. Told in sparse prose and graphic detail, GUN NEEDLE SPOON examines the long road to redemption, and the obstacles along the way, demystifying the “criminal life” so often depicted in film and fiction, but seldom written about from the first-hand point of view of those who have lived it.
Publisher: Dzanc Books
“Patrick was a roadie for Dead Kennedys and road manager for Flipper, one of the best punk bands of the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a roadie, but mostly he was an addict. Fifteen years later, he’s robbing banks and supermarkets, surviving overdoses, and playing Sid & Nancy with his girlfriend Jenny… Patrick O’Neil recounts this long journey punctuated by lightning discharges of adrenaline. A nightmare-like creepy thriller: his life. Brutal!” –– ROLLING STONE (France)
Publisher: 13e Note Editions Language: French ISBN-10: 2363740300 ISBN-13: 978-2-36374-030-4
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