Rich Boy Cries for Momma: By Ethan H. Minsker, 336 pgs. By Koepenick

Initially, I was drawn to this book due to a brief blurb I saw on a music blog. It basically stated that this was a book about a punk rocker growing up in DC in the 1980s. I didn’t even need to see the picture on the back cover which flashes forwards to the author today, his Grey Matter and Marginal Man vinyl still at his side. But what you get with this memoir is so much more. Yes, punk colors the storyline from start to finish. The author expertly interweaves the lyrics with the story’s progression. But this is not just a book about a kid going to harDCore shows. It begins in his pre-teen years and goes into college age activity. Learning disabilities, alienation, rejection, and love lost and gained are all described with heart and compassion. If the outside world thinks that bands like S.O.A. and Government Issue are violent, they should read this book before casting judgment. Punks may have their own world, but in the end they are just trying to make things better. Even if you didn’t grow up in DC like I did, you will still enjoy how the scene and the different sections of the city are discussed by the author. But there’s also a really incredible story here about searching for contentment in life. It will be worth it if you let this book open the door for you. Highly recommended. –Sean Koepenick (Minsker & Lee Productions, LLC, 126 East 12th Street, Suite 3C, New York, NY 10003, antagovision.com)