Hairstyles of the Damned is the third novel by Chicago author Joe Meno. Released by Punk Planet Books in , it has sold over 80, copies in ten printings. I enjoyed Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno very much. I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Perhaps I am being shallow, but I. Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings) gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk- rock edge, as year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to.

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Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno

Showing of 58 reviews. It began with a promising chapter where Meno describes everything backward, as if someone had hit the “rewind” button and we watched the milk pour back into the milk carton, tipping upright, etc. While I could certainly see that it was a book aimed at a very specific demographic i.

View all 8 comments. It is fun reading a book set exclusively in places you’ve been. The book started to suck on page, oh, In the end he learns that he is Brian Oswald – and he’s damndd with that. samned

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Told in the first person, his voice is authentic and honest. This is a good book in terms of being an accurate representation of a clique in high school.

Certainly there were parts where the narrator’s voice was angsty in pretty interesting, compelling ways–but most of it just felt like most of the shit I write when I’m running my mouth in Word: Jun 15, Maggie Wiggins rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 24, Thomas rated it it was ok Shelves: Meno strongly features The Ramones and The Misfits and all of the other bands you first discover when you’re young and eager to rebel but not sure what you have to rebel against.


Written as a first-person narrative, the novel brings Brian to life by making full use of those colorful expletives and sexual jokes that high school boys love so much. Or maybe it meant I should just go home. The story winds its way back to Gretchen, who inadvertently leads Brian to realize that punk, too, is its own form of a fabricated identity.

It does not feel like a novel written by an adult. Plus it’s a book about Chicago, set in the city, ostensibly covering the same period of time as my own youth, and supposedly full of pop-culture references to my own youth, so really how could I not be looking forward to reading it, and of becoming a fan of Meno’s? It will be like, you know, subversive. Punk-rock misfits who don’t give you the juicy details.

Hairstyles of the Damned

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Books by Joe Meno. Let me start off by saying that I am involuntarily biased in my review of this story.

Those mix-tapes were the secret soundtrack to how I was feeling or what I thought about almost everything. Just a bunch of half finished junk from his notebooks? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

I’m not much of a punk music fan, and the musical references peppered throughout were largely lost on me like everything else about this book.

Retrieved from ” https: Aug 18, jo. Trouble between his parents and issues of peer pressure flesh out the skeleton of this work.

A long-time contributor to the seminal c Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. More By and About This Author. But the end made me wish I had stopped much earlier.



I love to read and read widely. I loved that it took place in Chicago and all the music references. It covers everything from developing a taste in music of your own to being in love with a best friend that you can’t confess your love to. I yelled something to Gretchen again and she nodded at me and then turned her head back to drive and kept on singing and I guess I looked over at her, at her short blondish-pink hair — some of it hanging in her face, some tucked behind her ear, some dyed brighter pink than the rest — and I watched the way her mouth moved again and I noticed she didn’t ever wear lipstick and it was one of the reasons I think I liked her; and also I smiled at how she was holding her small white hands on the steering wheel very seriously, like she had been driving way before she had gotten her license last year.

hairsyles Jul 08, Hannah Garden rated it liked it. But there are problems with the “indie-rock novel” format, serious literary problems that Okay – that last sentence was an imitation of the style. That time is such a staple for who I am now.

Especially damne this is a sex-crazed teenager and has revealed other things to us, masturbating, thoughts of sex, etc, but when we get to that scene, there were no deets whatsoever.