Craig Lewis

Sanity is a Full-Time Job blog #6: Handle With Care Tattoo Session in Quebec City

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In our new special series with writer, speaker and punk rocker Craig Lewis, we have teamed up to tell you 10 different stories through original interviews and short commentaries about different aspects of life, unveiled during Craig’s physical and mental journeys that led him to get inspired and develop his mindset.

π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ 𝑠𝑖π‘₯: π»π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘™π‘’ π‘Šπ‘–π‘‘β„Ž πΆπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘‡π‘Žπ‘‘π‘‘π‘œπ‘œ π‘†π‘’π‘ π‘ π‘–π‘œπ‘› 𝑖𝑛 𝑄𝑒𝑒𝑏𝑒𝑐 𝐢𝑖𝑑𝑦 (𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑑 𝑖𝑛 π‘ƒπ‘œπ‘€π‘’π‘Ÿ, πΈπ‘‘π‘šπ‘’)

“I was just in Quebec City two years ago and my dear friend Caillou, of the legendary band Discordia, introduced me to his good friend, Edme.

Edme was making a documentary film about survivors and punk rockers in Quebec and I was invited to be interviewed for the documentary despite being an Anglophone American.

Edme and I had something very unique in common, in addition to being punk rockers, and that is that we both have influential and powerful family members who would invest money and other resources to silence us for speaking the truth about things that we know about, and that not everybody is comfortable with you speaking publicly about.

Edme knew he was dying during the recording of this documentary, and he knew that I was healing; and we were both hurt in the same way.

Edme was psychiatrically poisoned for fraudulent reasons, and I was the recipient of a similar betrayal and abuse.

The documentary film was not completed. Who knows what the future will bring?

Just over one year ago, Edme ended his life, by his own choice. I’m so glad he’s no longer in pain. He jumped from his balcony; the same balcony that he and I shared brotherhood; a handshake; a hug; and our dreams for a better society.

The only real difference between me and Edme, is that I survived what was killing him.

Most people have no idea what I’m talking about. It’s easier for people to believe what they’re told or what they think they know.

As far as I’m concerned, my friend was murdered; and his killers got away with it.

I live for many reasons, and one of those reasons is to tell the world the story of Edme.

When you hear me speak my story, anywhere in the world, although the details are different, I’m also speaking in both honor and in memory of Edme; and for every other punk rocker and free thinker who told the truth and paid the price.

I’m not the only Survivor. There are many watching this video and reading this text. No matter who you are, no matter what happened to you and no matter what you’ve done; you are a human being with value.

Your feelings matter.

Your story deserves to be told.

You deserve to be understood.

For the dozens of friends and people who are no longer with us, for reasons similar to Edme’s; I speak the truth, loud and proud, like a true punk rocker; and I assure you that you have not died in vain.



To explore more of Craig’s stories, see our 2017 interview with Craig at this location. Follow Craig via Medium & Etsy.


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