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More a three-and-a-half star novel, "Cut My Hair" is nevertheless a good first novel for Jamie S. Rich, editor of some of the more interesting books from Oni Press (e.g., "Blue Monday," "Little Star," "Love Fights") and without question a man with great taste in music. There is little plot to speak of -- a few months in the life of a punk rocker, and his trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs in love and in the face of tragedy -- but this is always acceptable when you deal with character studies. In my opinion, however, this book could've used maybe one hundred more pages to flesh out a lot of the questions it raised. This isn't to say that there's no art in this novel: I found Jamie's description of Mason's first interactions with Jeane surprisingly touching and romantic, and I really was shocked at the brutal honesty Jamie showed in the discussion of music and the societal failure of the Love Generation between Mason's best friend Jack and their bar-owning acquaintance Lenny. Overall, "Cut My Hair" is about what I expected, no less, maybe a little bit more, and it certainly made my recent travelling by train much easier. Read and listen well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2004
A truly great rock and roll novel
Cut My Hair is written by former Oni Press Editor Jamie S. Rich with illustrations by such noted comic book artists as Judd Winick, Chynna Clugston-Major, Scott Morse, Mike Allred and Andi Watson, with the title taken from the Who song of the same name off of their Quadrophenia album. As I am a huge fan of both comic books and The Who, Cut My Hair sounded like it was right up my alley. Though it took me well over a year to get around to buying and reading it since it¿s publication in mid-2000, I¿m glad I did. Cut My Hair is a smart, well written, coming of age story. It¿s also about being in love, not only with another person, but with music. Specifically, Punk rock music. Set in the early 90¿s, Cut My Hair is narrated by 19-year old Mason, who lives with his best friend Jack. Jack isn¿t just his best friend, but also his protector and as close to family as anyone he knows, as Jack hasn¿t spoken to his abusive, alcoholic mother since he moved out after High School. Nicknamed ¿Jailbate¿ (incorrect spelling intended) because of his small size and stature, Mason¿s life consists of working full time at a comic store, going to Punk rock shows and pining away for Laine, his High School crush. As with all things in life, nothing stays the same. Mason¿s life begins to change, as he meets and falls passionately in love with Jeane. Before Mason can fully enjoy his newfound happiness, an event occurs which sends him over the edge into a deep, alcohol-fueled despair, from which even the music he loves cannot save him. Cut My Hair, filled with the longing and heartache of teenage angst, explores both the lifestyle and the music of the Los Angles Punk rock scene of the early 90¿s with authority and affection. Regardless of whether you¿re a Punk or not, you¿ll be quickly drawn into this fascinating, often violent world that, in it¿s own way, is infused with an underlying sense of romanticism, hope and love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2003
As a native to Portland, Oregon, reading small print prose from another person from here is already cool in itself. But when I read Jamie S. Rich's 'Cut my Hair', something stirred inside me, but I don't know what it was. Mason's (that being the main character) is sensitive, passionate, intelligent, and beautiful. But being in the punk scene can change you in a lot of ways. Death, happiness, depression, and punk rock mix together to form my favorite book of all time. Read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2001
Cut my hair fully describes the harships and struggles of life in the punk scene fightes, drugs, and death. It tells of the good times and the bad. All in a very well writen book. I would advise this book to anyone who has interest in the punk lifestyle or just loves to read about personal relationships and good music.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.