Written by Eugene S. Robinson, the new article on Ozy.com is a nice wrap up of the early (70s/80s) story of the founding member and former bassist of the New York hardcore punk band CRO-MAGS.
See the excerpt of the article and read the full thing after the jump.
The image featuring one Mr. Harley Flanagan is stark, unforgettable and, after appearing in the New York Daily News, etched in collective memory. It wasn’t at all remarkable that the then-45-year-old musician of note would be featured, but the story behind that viral image certainly was. Today, just over two years later, it’s hard to fathom how Flanagan’s jagged past has smoothed into a solo record and a memoir coming out in 2015, on top of a permanent gig as a black belt instructor at Renzo Gracie’s Brazilian jiujitsu academy.
Even without the large point type, New Yorkers might remember the paper’s July 2012 image of Flanagan tied to a chair with orange straps, being carried out of a venue, his face contorted in rage as his head tilted into whatever he was saying and whomever he was saying it to. All that was known at the time was that, along with Flanagan, two others had been stabbed at a hardcore show, and everybody was in the hospital. Later, Flanagan would be shipped off to Rikers Island, charged with doing the stabbing.
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Read more about Harley’s currect solo project at this location.