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This is a story about living without a safety netand getting away with it. Teenage punk rock milkman Ross Lomas strapped on a bass and joined G.B.H onstage in 1981. Leading the charge of U.K. hardcore punk, G.B.H lit up British pubs, European squats, and American highways with a wall of sound and mile-high spikes. Living by his own rules, for better or for worse, Ross Loma This is a story about living without a safety netand getting away with it. Teenage punk rock milkman Ross Lomas strapped on a bass and joined G.B.H onstage in 1981. Leading the charge of U.K. hardcore punk, G.B.H lit up British pubs, European squats, and American highways with a wall of sound and mile-high spikes. Living by his own rules, for better or for worse, Ross Lomas riots with violent skinheads, metal hippies, rip-off managers, Neil Sedaka, and the Argentine cavalry, and tries to make sense of adulthood. Ross and his G.B.H family dont escape unscathed, but they never surrender. Always doing what they felt like and having a laughabsolutely captivating.Vive le Rock The full, warts and all story of the band, a gripping read. Full of crazy punk rock antics from around the worldraw and honestSidewalk To Ross credit, he drills uncomfortably deep into the darkest corners of his psyche. An uneasy but always compelling read.Record Collector UK


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This is a story about living without a safety netand getting away with it. Teenage punk rock milkman Ross Lomas strapped on a bass and joined G.B.H onstage in 1981. Leading the charge of U.K. hardcore punk, G.B.H lit up British pubs, European squats, and American highways with a wall of sound and mile-high spikes. Living by his own rules, for better or for worse, Ross Loma This is a story about living without a safety netand getting away with it. Teenage punk rock milkman Ross Lomas strapped on a bass and joined G.B.H onstage in 1981. Leading the charge of U.K. hardcore punk, G.B.H lit up British pubs, European squats, and American highways with a wall of sound and mile-high spikes. Living by his own rules, for better or for worse, Ross Lomas riots with violent skinheads, metal hippies, rip-off managers, Neil Sedaka, and the Argentine cavalry, and tries to make sense of adulthood. Ross and his G.B.H family dont escape unscathed, but they never surrender. Always doing what they felt like and having a laughabsolutely captivating.Vive le Rock The full, warts and all story of the band, a gripping read. Full of crazy punk rock antics from around the worldraw and honestSidewalk To Ross credit, he drills uncomfortably deep into the darkest corners of his psyche. An uneasy but always compelling read.Record Collector UK

43 review for City Baby: Surviving in Leather, Bristles, Studs, Punk Rock, and G.B.H

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mance

    Just great. Very hard to put down. I related to a lot that he went through. Incredible highs to debilitating lows. I feel like I know the guy after reading this. Great book. I would recommend for anybody, even if they just had a passing interest in punk rock. It's just a great story about a guy and his experiences. I grew up as a huge fan of his band but I don't think I'm letting that sway my review. I probably would have even enjoyed this book if it was about Huey Lewis. Just a great relatable Just great. Very hard to put down. I related to a lot that he went through. Incredible highs to debilitating lows. I feel like I know the guy after reading this. Great book. I would recommend for anybody, even if they just had a passing interest in punk rock. It's just a great story about a guy and his experiences. I grew up as a huge fan of his band but I don't think I'm letting that sway my review. I probably would have even enjoyed this book if it was about Huey Lewis. Just a great relatable book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rob Schorr

    Great read! Thanks and Cheers Ross!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason Ragle

    I loved this book. Not a typical rock and roll memoir, but a lot of heart and honesty.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Taylor

    A couple things: This is essentially a series of recorded conversations transcribed into chapters, so it has a very loose, conversational feel. It is also a little scattered and repetitive. I enjoyed the first half of the book where he talks about the early days of GBH. I also appreciated reading about his struggles with depression. However, it is super repetitive, there is very little thought or introspection, and it is basically 200 plus pages of him talking about getting wasted (while never a A couple things: This is essentially a series of recorded conversations transcribed into chapters, so it has a very loose, conversational feel. It is also a little scattered and repetitive. I enjoyed the first half of the book where he talks about the early days of GBH. I also appreciated reading about his struggles with depression. However, it is super repetitive, there is very little thought or introspection, and it is basically 200 plus pages of him talking about getting wasted (while never addressing that he has a serious alcohol problem) doing every drug imaginable, and living hand to mouth his entire life. I think what really soured me on the book were the fact that he disparages voting and he barely mentions his two children. Your mileage may vary.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valton Landrum

    Loved this one! Ross' storytelling transports me back to my own youth. Hilarious at times, gut-wrenchingly tragic at others, it tell all of his story warts and all. A fun and thoughtful look at a life spent in one of the greatest English punk bands. Loved this one! Ross' storytelling transports me back to my own youth. Hilarious at times, gut-wrenchingly tragic at others, it tell all of his story warts and all. A fun and thoughtful look at a life spent in one of the greatest English punk bands.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Owens

    A fitting testament to the glory of punk rock, where four kids with no qualifications and no future could make music that took the world by storm.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    bra som tusan för alla som har minsta intresse av ämnet. lagom balans mellan utlämnande privata grejer och bandidioti

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