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Jan 25th 2018 by FUNimation • 24 Questions • 2148 Points

Hi this is me Harley Flanagan, some of you know a little about me and my past, you may or may not have read my book and possibly know of my music, this is your chance to ask me what you want ;)

 

From Amazon author description: Harley Flanagan provides a fascinating memoir: a child prodigy and family friend of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, at a young age he became close to many stars of the early punk rock scene like Joe Strummer of The Clash and was taught to play bass by members of the famed black punk band Bad Brains. He started playing drums for the New York punk band the Stimulators when he was 11 years old; playing at places like Max's Kansas City with some of the most notable names of the punk scene. He then went on to start the notorious hardcore band Cro-Mags.

 

From the memoir's introduction by American Hardcore's Steven Blush: "Harley Flanagan is not like you or me. Most of us grew up in relative safety and security. Harley came up like a feral animal, fending for himself in the '70s Lower East Side jungle of crime, drugs, abuse and poverty. By age 10 he was a downtown star at Max's Kansas City and CBGB, drumming in his aunt's punk band The Stimulators, and socializing with Blondie's Debbie Harry and Cleveland's Dead Boys. Everyone thought it was so cute, but it wasn't."

Of his much anticipated memoir, famed author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain explains: "Don't even pretend to talk about New York... if you don't read this." "This book is the punch in the face you want and need."

 

Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeLsr0JgJSF/

 

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EDIT: Ok, I'm gonna wrap this up now. It was a pleasure talking with you. I'll be playing some shows in the NY area and Maryland. Dates posted on Facebook and IG.

Check out the book, Hardcore: Life of my Own on Amazon: http://a.co/fMbxRSS

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Fighterz might be the best fighting game of all time.

/r/smashbros would like a word with you, Sean.

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How many false, unverified, or unverifiable leads did you have to wade through before putting this together?


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What do you think caused your hypertension? I'm pretty ignorant to what causes hypertension. Eating habits? Life habits? Drug usage? Smoking? Drinking? Super stressful job? Certain life experiences? At any rate, get well, dude! Glad you caught it when you did.

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Any chance Alexandra York comes back and gives Dana Brooke some pointers?


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I work in Physical Therapy, and as a caregiver, I was wondering if you could give some tips to caregivers as to how you would like to be treated? Any good or bad examples I could learn from?

I did one of my inservices on MG while going through school, but did not learn about your type until I read your AMA today. Thanks so much for sharing so we can all learn!

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Do you think John Joseph secretly eats White Castle sliders?


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3 Stock. No Items. Final D.

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Many! There were other elements of the story that we had to drop because we didn't have sufficient confirmation.


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It is an open question. I'm in pretty good shape all things considered. 6'1" 190 pounds, low LDL cholesterol. I drank but not heavily really. No drugs, no really stressful job.

When I was in the hospital, both the kidney and heart doctors were very confused about what was going on. I guess there are around seven causes of malignant hypertension and I don't have any of them. I, like an idiot, suggested genetics but they immediately were like "yea that is part of it but why you and not your sister" who has healthy blood pressure.

My cardiologist is sort of a character. During the first time he met me, he asked me if I had ordered vodka from Ukraine that was possibly watered down with antifreeze. That is how confused they are with why I developed this crazy blood pressure.

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Hmmmm...very interesting...you and everyone else will have to wait and see! I think she is doing a great job as is! :)


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With patience. MG is a snow flake disease so we are all so so different but we are all trying. I once had a PT tell me she didn't think I could have MG cause of the schedule I take my meds on and cause I don't look sick........... I won't go see a PT again.. it hurts when people assume you are faking it.... I know I don't look physically ill but I am very very sick. Last night I had to be carried to my car to go home from an event because my legs did not work. It was humiliating. ( And why I decided to do this AMA). We just want to be normal and treated as such.

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Lol


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Can you guys hook me up with a job? Here's my reel

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With so many scandals taking place revolving around the highest powers in our government, are you afraid to break these stories? Do you have any protective measures in place for your own personal safety?


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By the looks of your skin yes, it almost looks like the guy who was poisoned in Russia. I guess that’s the kidneys. I hope you get better.

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Thanks for taking the time to respond, it's sad that it's a common thing in entertaining industry. Have a nice day!


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OMG. I'm so sorry this PT said that. It was way out of line and wrong and rude and does NOT reflect how PT thinks of MG. You are definitely not "faking it".

I am cautious not to be an "ableist" a term I was recently introduced to. I always try to treat people with respect and compassion without making them feel less than or small because of their illness--because they are neither!

I have an invisible illness myself so I can relate to professionals acting as if there is nothing wrong...grr!

Thank you so much for answering my question!

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Yo Harley,

Huge fan, and I didn’t fully appreciate until recently the incredible life you’ve lead. Here’s my question though: what is more important for the future of punk rock - stylistically following what has been happening or keeping the attitude and ethos while exploring whatever sound you want?

No Harley No Cro Mags


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[email protected]

Shoot us a line! ;)

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The press is under attack on many fronts these days -- and that's disheartening -- but so far, in this country, it's pretty rare for journalists to be physically assaulted for their work. That's not true for so many of our colleagues working abroad, sadly. If/when we start being afraid to write stories that displease our highest government officials, we will have veered into a very dark alley in our nation's history.


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that guy with the nuclear poisoning? I wonder if that would explain everything. haha

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Guys if you want to Tweet me a missed question thats fine but please give me time to get to your question. No need to be rude.


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Thanks, but it's not your fault. You seem like a lovely person!! I even do things like that myself and I know how handicapped I am. I think it's ingrained into our brains that everyone around us lies to get what they want. And that's a difficult thing to break. Still it's hurtful and all of us need to be mindful of how we treat each other

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I think attitude is everything, no matter what genre of music. Hardcore is a way of being, it's not just a style of music or a look. It's the kind of person you are.


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If after the investigation ends, the FBI determines that NRA, Russia, and Trump did not collude, will you be publishing a follow up story explaining that?

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This is an amazing thing. I think I posted this last night but it might have been removed

https://unos.org/donation/kidney-paired-donation/

The guy who made the algorithm behind that won a Nobel prize

One donation from a paired (or non paired donor) can lead to a cascade of donations from other paired donors. Amazing


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With more Female Wrestlers having submission finishing moves these days, I wonder what would be your submission finisher if you had one and what would you call it?

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My grandmother is 75/just had a myasthenia crisis after a mild heart attack. Is she gonna be ok? :,(


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Hey Harley, big fan. I know in the '80s you got a swastika tattoo on your inner wrist. I also know you got it covered up. What did you get it covered up with? Why did you get a swastika? What does the cover-up tattoo mean to you?

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Definitely.


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I knew about this program -- my transplant surgery is the coordinator for it the center but I didn't realize there was math behind it. IRL I am a quant social scientist so I think it would be interesting to read about.

She told me that once someone gave an unnamed kidney donation to the hospital and through a series of paired donations, starting with the donated one, it allowed them to place 13 kidneys. Isn't that crazy?

edit: I missed the point of your post though. Yea, hopefully someone is dedicated enough to be okay with me not getting their specific kidney as long as I get one. I imagine the calculus from a donor's standpoint could be different in a paired donation setting but I don't know.

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Hmmmmmm, let me think about that one for a bit! Feel free to ask it again in a bit, if I don't answer!


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I honestly don't know how to answer that.

Hopefully! I certainly always hope so with everyone. Medicine is getting better, a new medication was just FDA approved for MG a few months ago, the first one in more than 50 years. Is she seeing a neurologist? If you want to message me I will get you links to our FB support groups.

My Mg is not controlled well, but this is a relatively rare thing. Today I had trouble walking and had to be carried to my car.

I know people with MG who are in their late 80's, but this month alone 13 people have died because they got sick and then had MG complications. My dad died this time last year from MG complications. Sadly with this disorder, we just never know.

I wish I had better news... What do her doctors say?

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In the 80's, all of the Puerto Rican gangs in my neighborhood were covered in Swastikas, all the black gangs wore them as well as the Hells angels on 3rd st So I didnt think much of it, when I was a kid in the 70's, Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols wore Swastikas. When I got it it was a symbol of shock and I was just a dumb kid, it was not about National Socialism or killing jews, it was just a symbol that got a reaction. I covered it when I got older because I realized how wrong it was to have a symbol that was so hateful to so many people. Thats the long and short of it


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The FBI, as a policy, declines to comment on ongoing investigations, (except one recent example). Anonymous sources are fundamental to investigative journalism here in the US.

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Heard about the same donor thing. I listen to a podcast called Freakanomics and they had the guy talk about it and where the idea came from. It’s absolutely amazing.

Best of luck mate, the situation you’re in is crap, but from my reckoning you’re strong enough to not let it beat you. While you’re on dialysis make sure they’re letting you have treats 👍😊


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She just had a tracheotomy yesterday. She’s hospitalized and looked really good today. She hasn’t walked since her heart attack.


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Hey Harley!

My question is about the music industry.

Currently we are struggling indie artists. Do you think it’s better to stay independent and grind it out DIY style or to sign with a major label and lose some of your publishing and other things to get some capital to kick things off?

I know with the Cro-Mags you guys went through hell with labels.

Much Respect!

Mike

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I understand your concern. Sources won't be quoted discussing classified information or an ongoing investigation. But we vet sources internally in making decisions about whether we have enough to publish a piece, and our standards are very high. There are many stories sitting in our system right now, on the Trump-Russia issue and others, that have not been made live because they don't meet our theshhold for sourcing.


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They used to give me this pretty awesome protein bar that tasted just like cinnamon roles but now my protein levels are high enough that I have to bring my own protein bars.

Protein is a very important thing for dialysis patients because if it gets too low, you can't use the dialysis treatment.

If anyone is curious they were zone bars and I had the cinnamon one. The other two are okay (and way better than most protein bars) but the cinnamon roll one is baller.

Anyway, thank you so much for your nice words.

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Two females fighting to be on top...constantly.


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I would make sure she see's a neuro who knows about MG and also that they check her for a thymoma or thymic hyperplasia. Where is she located? I may be able to suggest some docs.

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There are certain benefits to working with big organizations. So, in that respect, giving something up to gain something can be a plus. But, the game has changed a lot and with all the social media and all of the things that are available to the artist, you can definitely be successful on your own if you play your cards right. Whats best is what works for you.


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Do you know where you are on the waiting list for a transplant???

With kidneys an exact match is still best but an inexact match can often do very well

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When were you asked to come back for the Raw 25th anniversary?


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I have no idea .-.

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Harley, you're the man!

What's your favorite memory of training at Renzos? Have you ever seen Renzo or Ralph get really angry? Both great guys, but definitely not anyone I would ever want to piss off...

Also, just wanted to say thank you, you gave me my introduction class at Renzos during a really bad time in my life about 3-4 years ago. Since than I've had to move, but train at Serras now and try to drop in at the NYC/Brooklyn location when possible. It's helped me out immensely during trying times these past 4 years. Never really got to thank you enough.


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I would guess pretty low. This just happened like a month and a half ago.

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Recently...last few weeks.


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That's okay. It's all new. Feel free to reach out if I can help.

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First of all, I'm glad I was able to introduce you to this life-changing art. You have become part of a bigger family by training with Henzo and, now, Matt. My best memories are Renzo and Ryan training together at the old academy, when guys like Matt Serra and John Danaher and all those legends of the sport were all just blue belts. Those are the days I will never forget. It's been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to what the future of BJJ is going to be like.


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Are you already on the transplant list? Has anyone given you an idea of how long the wait might be? Have friends or family stepped up and volunteered to donate?

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what is the most underrated independent league that you follow? which country has the most underrated wrestling talent?


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What would you say had been the biggest challenge about living your life with GRMG?

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Harley,

Do you recall ever practicing with the band 108 with you playing drums? What do you remember about the experience?


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I am not technically on the transplant list yet but I will be. You have to go through a mildly long process to be evaluated for a transplant. As I mention in the op, I had secondary heart failure caused by too much fluid in me from my kidneys crapping out. So, they are making me do a stress test to make sure I don't have any other underlying heart problems. I met with my cardiologist last week and he doesn't expect anything, just wants to make sure. I have been given contingent approval pending that. It isn't a huge deal when you get on it this early on in the process because they backdate it to when you first had dialysis, which for me was in November. So I am not too worried about getting on.

In terms of wait, it is like four and a half years in Minnesota someone told me. I am an O+ blood type, which makes it more difficult.

Even though I am not on the list and haven't technically been approved yet, my transplant evaluation went super well and they told me to start referring people to them to be evaluated. I know that some people have started the process but the transplant people won't tell me anything about their status.

There has also been a bit of press locally and nationally about live kidney donation -- some guy wore a tshirt to Disney world and got like 100k shares on facebook. So, it seems like awareness about this sort of thing might be ticking up. It is highly likely it will be my sister unless she gives up without telling me lol.

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Overdrive Pro Wrestling out of Nashville, TN As for the last question...I cannot answer that question honestly because I haven't watched as much independent promotions in the last little while.


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Umm, there are actually quite a few things... 1. I have had to have open heart ( for lack of a better term its pretty much the same procedure) surgery twice now to get of a MG related tumor called a thymoma... That was extremely difficult. 2. Feeling the loss of independence I have felt over the past three years since being diagnosed. 3. I think the most heartbreaking and difficult thing is/was the only person who really understood what I was going through die from RgMG ( my dad also had MG and died at 46, a year and a week ago). Even though they say it's not supposed to be hereditary. It was in my case.

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I have no recollection of practicing with them. I've heard about this before.


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I had a close family member receive a new liver just recently(in their 30's). All the steps sound familiar. I believe that if someone donates a kidney and their existing kidney has issues down the road, that you are instantly put at the top of the list. At least that's what the transplant network here in the Kansas/Missouri area has stated. Might look at that in your area, but just something to consider if someone close to you has hesitations.

Do your research, look at hospitals/transplant centers in your area. Don't be afraid to get second opinions from other doctors. Take charge of your health, take notes, ask questions, it helps to have a close family member be there with you, to help as an advocate. Don't be afraid to question what a nurse or doctor are doing, in polite fashion. Sometimes they do make mistakes. Try to be a friendly and civil advocate for your own health. Always be honest with them, tell them anything you can think of that might have impacted your health in some way. Stay positive!

Good luck, you are way too young for this. Good doctors and staff will look out for you, especially considering your age.

**EDIT Almost forgot, aggressively challenge your medical billing. Be prepared for some HOLY SHIT moments at your mailbox, but don't panic. Most billing errors are fixed easily. Don't pay any bills right off the bat/make sure your insurance has taken their chunk out. You have to be/have an advocate for that crap too.

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What was the shift into more mature programming like for the performers?


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Weird, seems like some text books need to be re-written if both you and your dad had an ultra rare "non-heriditary" disease

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Alright- one more!!

Do you still have all your records and tshirts? Is there anything you wish you still had?


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That is super interesting about being moved to the top of the list.

Thanks for the advice as well. One thing I sometimes have to push on is not taking too much fluid out during dialysis. I have quite a bit of residual kidney function and when you pull out too much fluid during dialysis, it can stress the kidneys more and take that away. Having some kidney function versus basically having none is night and day. I don't have to be super concerned about fluids, salt, or potassium but if they nuke the remaining function my quality of life would collapse.

So, I always have to negotiate with the nurses about how much fluid to remove.

Thanks again for all the kind words.

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There was never a moment in which I remember anyone saying "Hey, we are gonna push the proverbial envelope!" What I DO remember was them coming to us and saying "We have to tone this down, advertisers are not happy!"


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There are a few families I know of with MG through my support groups. Not many but a few

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I have a good amount of them. Of course, some things got stolen and lost along the way.


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I did the renal roundup for years on the truck. What kind of items do you like to bring with you? Most of my patients would bring a blanket and a pillow. One kid brought a gaming laptop which was cool.

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What was your favorite costume you saw or wore?


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If it's your immune system that's causing problems, wouldn't giving yourself AIDS cure it?

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Were you a trouble kidd? Judging by the tattoos taken in a young age and punk lifestyle. (Not judging. A punk myself)


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I got really really cold early on but I don't get super cold anymore. I do bring a blanket but haven't used it. I recently found out that the machines have blood warmers and it is easy to turn them up. I usually just bring a chromebook and a book. The shift I am on is mostly old dudes who probably aren't getting transplants. Three or four of them watch the same episode of law and order at the same time and then have a running commentary on it. I listen but don't participate haha.

If I had a gaming laptop, I'd bring it. Something to think about.

What is the truck? Like for people who can't drive themselves?

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Definitely Wrestlemania #12...unfortunately because of the type of match it was...that dress never got a proper viewing!!! :(


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Ummmmm. No lol

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Yes, I guess you could say that. Read my book, all the answers are there. I started young.


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Awesome. Keep up the good work, and I hope you get your transplant soon.

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What is the most important life lesson you have ever learned? Thanks for doing this AMA!


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How would you rate your pain on a 1-10 scale, and how much does it vary day by day?

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Who are the hardest dudes in hardcore besides (alongside?) you and why??? Let’s get some raw stories!!


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thanks and thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone in my parents are not home feeling after dialysis.

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Rambonenix...THANKS so much for this question and for the kind words!!! I was taught by my mother to always be kind and gracious to others unless they were unkind or nasty to me...and if they were unkind or nasty...to simply walk away and not allow their negativity to invade my mind or heart. Another one is "Pretty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone!" One more and it is sometimes hard to think about this when someone is doing something dastardly to us...but "Hurting people hurt people!" Thanks again for this question! :)


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I have lupus as well so physical pain tends to be from that. MG itself does not cause physical pain in most cases. Emotional pain varies from day to day.

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The hardest people I know fight in cages for a living or are deployed serving their country.


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As someone who is genuinely getting toxins cleansed from their body,what do you think about people who claim that eg blueberries can remove “toxins”?

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Who were your favorite and least favorite talents to work with?


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What about the older BHC; SSD, Gang Green, Slapshot?

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I think it is sort of amusing, I guess. I actually phrased it that way because it sounds fucking awesome. If you think about it, these are things that people with working kidneys just pee out if they eat too much but without working kidneys I could overdose on potatoes.

So, I can understand why people claim it but I've never interacted with one of those people since frying my kidneys. I did make a perhaps an insensitive joke about getting like three vaccinations in a week and being afraid about catching autism to someone who turned out to be an anti vaxxer. Luckily I could diffuse that situation by just saying my kidney related anemia was making me not think straight.


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I of course loved working with the father of Dakota! That was usually FUN! The Hardys were fun, Perry was great as I always felt safe with him...and Big Bossman Ray Traylor was my nearest and dearest friend after Dustin left WWF. Ray and I worked together a few times bust he was always my BESTIE on the road and when we were at home! Thanks Angie and Girls, for always being so gracious and allowing RayRay to ride with me and be my traveling partner! :) My love and appreciation will never go away!!! :)

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I wasn't a huge fan but I appreciate what they contributed to Hardcore, musically. I do, however, think that those bands had a lot to do with the divisions that started to happen to the scenes on the East Coast and that was a definite downside to it. I talk about it in my book.


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I’m ordering it today. Thanks for doing this. What kind of music do you listen to currently? Like, if you’re driving around, what’s playing on the radio?

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I have such a wide range of musical taste. I could go on and on and on. Before we started this, I was listening to Black Uhuru and Marvin Gaye, but I could've just as easily been listening to Type O Negative, Sex Pistols or Bad Brains. I listen to different things all day.


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You will coming back to Europe this year?

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We will be there this summer, probably July and August.


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What do you feel is most fake? JJ’s PMA bullshit or his hair? Him calling his cover band “Cro-Mags “ is insulting to everyone who has been a fan of your music

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That's more than one question lol...if the PMA was real, we'd all be discussing a reunion right now instead of fighting. That's all I've got to say about that.


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Hey there, Harley! Have you ever tried Marmite?

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Nasty shit lol.


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My understanding of the "Near Death Experience" record is that it's a bunch of tracks leftover from the "Alpha Omega" recording sessions, so the lineups on both records are the same. However, I spoke with Gabby recently and he mentioned that JJ had got AJ Novello to re-record guitars for "Near Death Experience", so it wasn't really Gabby playing on the "Near Death Experience" record we all heard. Can you shed any light on the personnel and general situation around the "Near Death Experience" record? Thanks!

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It seems like you got a lot of that right. AJ also played some of the bass tracks on NDE but, again, I wasn't involved with any of that. Once John got involved with Alpha Omega, all kinds of things started going on behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of.


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Much respect Harley. Have been a Cro Mags fan for a long time and know you’re the sole reason the band ever existed. Also just read your book and it was fucking great. You couldn’t make up a crazier life. I recommend it to all my boys. Couple questions. Are you still vegetarian and do you drink at all? And do you still live in NYC?

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I am still a vegetarian. I did eat chicken when I was briefly in Rikers, I do what I have to in order to survive. I do drink from time to time, I think anything in excess is a bad idea but I will have a drink with a friend once in a while. And yes, I do still live in the city.


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Have you ever been to Forest Hills?

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If you mean Queens, hell yeah! My aunts went to high school with The Ramones.


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Why don't you mention in your book that you got a swastika tattoo?

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There's a lot of things I don't mention in my book. I could write a whole 'nother book on what I didn't talk about in this one. It wasn't a political statement.


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Would also like to know if you have the copyright for the Cro Mags name, why can't you take JJ or Mackie to court for performance / merchandise royalties?

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It's all a little too complicated to get into the details in this forum but things are happening as we speak.


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What's the deal with Rick ta Life? I only recently found out he's really despised in hardcore scene. I loved the music but never got into the inner politics. Any insight on why?

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I don't know anything about the scenes, drama and soap operas. As far as I know, they all used to be friends with him and now they're not. I can't say why. I don't give a fuck about scenes or the dramas that play out on them. I'm an adult and shit like that doesn't mean anything to me.


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What would you say has been more lethal to your health; drugs or crazy women?

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Nothing has been lethal since I am still alive and kicking lol. Whatever mistakes I made in the past; however bad they were, somehow got me where I am now, which is a great place.


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Yo wat up Harley! Would you consider taking bitcoin for your merch, records, gaurentee, etc...? It's the way of the future and I think it could really help the hxc punk community progress!

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I'll take bitcoin when I start taking cans and bottles as well lol.


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Any chance of Crush The Demoniac making it into the setlist for the next tour?

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It's always possible.


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When did all the Oi bands records start to become available in NY/US. Its interesting that NY bands didnt start to label themselves "Oi" until late 80s?

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I was getting my hands on all that stuff as it was coming out, places like Bleecker Bob's and a couple other stores used to get their hands on a lot of that stuff.