• The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon

  • By: John Joseph
  • Narrated by: John Joseph
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (562 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The long awaited republishing of NYHC Legend, John Bloodclot Joseph's raw and unfiltered autobiography. As real as it gets!

Updated with new chapters.

In his newly updated autobiography, NYHC legend John Bloodclot Joseph recounts his hard times and spiritual redemption. A traumatic childhood in foster homes was just the beginning of John's evolution. Before fronting one of the most important bands in the underground punk scene, the Cro-Mags, John faced homelessness, addiction, betrayal and insanity. Still, even his success couldn't save him from a relapse that set him back to square one - rock bottom. The book is a raw and unapologetic autobiography about his life. Consider yourself warned.

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amazing

wow, was the first word that came to mind when I began this book, little did I know that I would be using that word quite often. John's story if full of pain and struggle but positivity as well. How someone can overcome these situations is amazing. PMA. great book

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Captured me from beginning to end!

There are so many stories in this book that could be their own books. I found myself waking up in the morning looking forward to listening and waiting to go inside to see my family until the section I was listening to was completed.
The author telling about these events in his own words made it even better. I would tell my wife about some of the stories and I would start taking like the writer to relay them.
I cannot imagine going through what he's been through and coming out the other side at all - and definitely not with a positive mental attitude. Salute to this man, his story, and his evolution.

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A Must read !

John's Evolution of a Cro-Magnon is not just good entertainment, it is a raw depiction of a journey to enlightenment. It is truly a blessing to have experienced his story. thanks John, you have given me renewed hope in life. Big changes are happening in my life. Leaving a toxic relationship, and moving on to positivity and a healthy spiritual journey. Thanks again!

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The book is a literal life savor

I started reading this when I was down. And boy did it bring my spirits up. I wish I could explain in words how this book has helped me in so many ways discuss things that I never thought I’d be able to discuss. But it’s opened me up to a whole new world. Thanks to the beast behind Cro Mags for speaking up. ❤️

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I’m at a loss for words

There was nothing I disliked about this book. Was almost brought to tears many times. How someone can turn their life around in such a positive way after having so many cards stacked against him, is so motivational! The story was told brilliantly. I’m at a loss for words after hearing John’s life story.

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was a great book I would recommend it

loved his style of reading made me pay attention and I was entertained all the way through it I'm definitely going to listen to it a few more times thank you audible for putting this on and thank you John Joseph.

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woah...

this guy lived a crazy ass life and to see him come out on the other side after enduring so much i don't think alot of others hack it if put in his shoes

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Great book

JJ has been through some major situations that apparantly made him wiser and stronger. Could be a movie for sure. This is not just a bio on the Cro Mags in case your wondering

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A New York Punk Ass David Goggins

I am not a punk rock fan, but I am definitely a John Joseph Fan, what a great example of a Hard motherfucker with true grit!

Only thing I would like would be to hear more about how he got into doing Iron mans.

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Blow hard

John Joseph is a self righteous jabroni. He doesn’t understand science and participated in the cult of positivity. No thank you.

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  • 06-26-17

Pure Authenticity

Great story, great performance but some editing issues (some sentences are repeated at different points).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-17

So f.....ing good!!!!

What a cracking book! Especially with Jonh f....ing voice
I really enjoyed it
Thanks mate

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  • Chunky Chap.
  • 08-20-22

great read

loved it, a inspirational story from a very interesting guy, definitely led a life and some.read it 👍

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  • Kevin O`Neill
  • 09-15-21

Great book!

Great read and amazing story! Brilliantly read also by the man himself. Such a genuine spiritual dude with an incredible life story. You won’t be disappointed!

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  • Matthias Nilsson
  • 06-10-21

Inspirational

John Joseph is an inspiration for me, after listening to his first edition of this book made me into a better person and this expanded edition is even better..

PMA!!

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  • Dominik short
  • 05-14-21

Really powerful

Excellent story telling read by the author with passion and humor.. i'm just downloading Meat is pussies..


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  • M. W. Burns
  • 02-03-21

Positivity through adversity!

An incredible account of a man who lived through abuse of every kind to become a strong and positive person.
To say too much would spoil the book but John's tales are both fascinating and scary at the same time.
I laughed and I very nearly cried.
Highly recommended PMA

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-20

Amazing

What a story so glad you lived to tell it.
Encouraged indeed! Wisdom and insight.

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  • Jon
  • 11-23-20

The most interesting and inspirational autobiography I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading

A must listen. A true grit story of overcoming hardship through sheer determination. John Joseph is as tough as they come.

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  • redearth
  • 09-24-20

an insight into the life of a hardcore punk legend

John Joseph has live a interesting life and seems a decent guy despite some of the hardships he encountered. his spirituality helped no doubt, which is one of the many interesting parts of this book. he doesn't talk much about his vegetarianism but he has other books and YouTube videos on that.

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  • luke
  • 09-26-17

Impossibly Brilliant

It had me pinned from the start. Great story. Even better it came from the horses mouth. Since listening to this I have slowly changed a few things in my life. Thanks John. I'm about to hit play again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-22

inspired to be better

a must read or listen too. A story vof the age's. Your a champ John

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  • Robert Kocovski
  • 02-13-22

A journey...

John takes you on his journey. I felt I was right there with him, from the 'effed up foster homes, the NY LES in the 70's and 80's, NY Hardcore Punk scene, high-speed police chases, betrayal, falling in and out of love, forgiveness and the PMA. Evocative, I laughed, cried, got angry and forgave as along with JJ. My own demons surfaced and old unhealed wounds were triggered as I reflected and gained insights to take forward steps using John's, Never Give Up attitude as inspiration.
Thank you, John.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-09-20

Wow!

What an amazing story and so great to have it told by the man himself. It was so captivating and hard to stop listening! Excited to read Meat is for Pussies and the PMA Effect next!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

Wow amazing story and life!

Hands done the best story I've heard. Could not stop listening from start to finish.

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  • AusMum
  • 07-31-18

Wow. What a soul!

Absolutely riveting story. Some of the incidents were hard to believe. That he made it to the other side alive, incredible. Kudos John.

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  • mathew
  • 07-27-17

fantastic

loved this book. had me hooked from beginning to end. inspirational accounts of real hardship and spirituality.