Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible + Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock

Concrete Bulletproof Invisible Fried My Life as a Revolting Cock When hardcore industrial rocker and Ministry supremo Al Jourgensen recruited Chris Connelly as a singer for the Revolting Cocks the young Scottish lad could hardly have imagined the mayhem that was a

  • Title: Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible + Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock
  • Author: Chris Connelly
  • ISBN: 9780946719952
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible + Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock

    When hardcore industrial rocker and Ministry supremo Al Jourgensen recruited Chris Connelly as a singer for the Revolting Cocks, the young Scottish lad could hardly have imagined the mayhem that was about to ensue.As an integral part of Jourgensen s Mad Max like mutant family of musicians, Connelly joined a drug crazed travelling circus Live shows were transformed intoWhen hardcore industrial rocker and Ministry supremo Al Jourgensen recruited Chris Connelly as a singer for the Revolting Cocks, the young Scottish lad could hardly have imagined the mayhem that was about to ensue.As an integral part of Jourgensen s Mad Max like mutant family of musicians, Connelly joined a drug crazed travelling circus Live shows were transformed into an ear splitting redneck disco from hell, under the influence of a mind boggling cocktail of every conceivable narcotic, with sleazy strippers and even reports of live cattle on stage.As well as Jourgensen and all the Wax Trax crew, the book features cameo appearances by Ogre of Skinny Puppy, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, Jah Wobble, and Cabaret Voltaire.Despite the unrelenting chaos, both Ministry and the Revolting Cocks have been immensely successful Connelly appeared on two US gold albums The Land of Rape and Honey and The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and worked as songwriter on the million plus selling platinum album Psalm 69 The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs Connelly s superbly written, funny, irreverent, and sometimes downright scary memoir is one of the finest portrayals of a man trapped in the eye of a post punk industrial storm this side of Armageddon.Chris Connelly was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and now lives in Chicago where he has pursued a successful solo career.

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    One thought on “Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible + Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock

    1. Andrea

      Written by my former co-worker who is a super sweet person. I began to read this and thought "I never knew who I was really working with!" Very interesting.

    2. Jeff

      I'm a big, big fan of the Ministry/RevCo/Pigface era and I wish I could say I liked this book. I really wanted to like it. But Connelly comes off more like a bitter, slightly arrogant, rejected and whiny "offspring" because he wasn't "accepted" by "Father Al" who took him into the circle and kicked him out again (repeatedly). And does he HAVE TO MENTION THE TWO FACTS THAT HE DID LOTS AND LOTS OF DRUGS AND GOT LOTS AND LOTS (maybe) OF GIRLS EVERY TWO PARAGRAPHS? AND IN BIG, BOLD CAPS AS WELL? Hel [...]

    3. Devowasright

      being a HUGE ministry/cocks/pigface fan in the 90s, i was pretty excited to read this book. there are some great tour adventure stories, and the stories of the bizarre and painful births of so many classic songs is a pure joy to read, but over all i was fairly let down with this book. disillusioned a bit, yes, but the author seems to be left rather bitter and a bit pompous. i also got the feeling that the further along in the writing process he got, the less enthused he was by the project, and j [...]

    4. Laura

      I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at the 1990's Chicago industrial music world, but ultimately this felt like reading a good first draft. It could use some fleshing out, reflection, and a better wrap-up with what his life is like now. A must-read for fans.

    5. Brad

      3.25 stars.Like an amiable party guest on mescaline, this book is a hoot but not always easy to follow. It offers a play-by-play of the many musical projects Connelly was involved between 1986(? 1987?) and 1994. These years were the length of his tenure with the Revolting Cocks, the time between Al Jourgensen “discovering” him and his decision to end collaborations with Jourgensen. There is some clever commentary, some anecdotes, but it truly is just a play-by-play (and drug-by-drug) of Conn [...]

    6. Nettie Grey

      Rounding up from 2.5. Certainly entertaining, but it got rather incoherent as it progressed. I suppose you could say that's a reflection of what he lived through, but the drugging/drinking/fucking shenanigans got a bit wearing after a while, as again, I suppose they did for him. I laughed a lot, but I did also get confused a lot. Still worth a look for Ministry/Cocks fans.

    7. Jeff

      While I loved hearing about the industrial scene from the late 80s, this book is kind of one note.We got to the gig at ________. The venue was ______. So _____, _____ and I took _____ and _____ and played a terrible show

    8. Jason

      This memoir hooked me so strongly that I finished it in a few sittings over maybe 24 hours. Chris Connelly's tale of his time in the Revolting Cocks (and Ministry etc) is honest and wry and paints a very unflattering picture of everyone involved, including himself. It starts just as he's about to join the band for the first time in Chicago where he's (willingly) initiated into Al Jourgensen's chaotic world of drugs, debauchery and music. He gives us an inside view of the legendary Wax Trax! reco [...]

    9. William Strasse

      I finally obtained a copy of this on a recent trip to Chicago (I guess that was the week before last.) This book had been nearly impossible to get for a while, but it seems to be more available again. The clerk at the store told me the publisher was a bit "sporadic". This account of Connelly's Ministry/Revolting Cocks days didn't disappoint in the expected tales of debauchery and massive egos department (although I was a bit disappointed as someone told me they heard there was a tale about Conne [...]

    10. John Matthews

      I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book. Some good Chicago alternative music history, I suppose, but certainly not any level of literary quality. Such are the legends of Chicago Wax Trax!: Revolting Cocks, Ministry and Pigface. The men involved in these projects are not known for their philosophical contemplation and literary skills.Luckily, Connelly delivers over and over again in this book that is part tour/drug diary and part Al Jourgensen missile strike. Whether he kep [...]

    11. Bryan

      Not much new here, per the maximum drugs per 24 period between gigs rock touring formula. It's seems to reworked from journals he kept while being member of the Ministry / Revolting Cocks family. Though Connelly is a published poet, it felt he was keeping any literary intentions to a minimum opting for a "just the facts ma'am" recount of five years of debauch-rock-choas. Though it hardly reinvents the wheel, I can't help but to be enthralled as it details the creation of some of my favorite teen [...]

    12. Ryan

      This book is AWESOME. If you're a fan of late 80's-era Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Skinny Puppy (Ogre), PTP, Acid Horse, Pigface (they don't actually have fans do they?),etc. or WaxTrax! Records in general--READ THIS BOOK. It's hilllllarious and probably one of the rarest of it's kind considering the genre of music it's covering. There is mention of KMFDM (including En Esch's jumping from a 3-story burning building incident) however no mention of later recordings with them on XTORT and quite a bi [...]

    13. Liz

      This is a book my husband found. It tells the story of the band the Revolting Cocks, and the crazed, creative Industrial music scene that grew up around Ministry in Chicago. To say that Connelly's writing style is engaging does the man a disservice. I enjoyed this book so much, that I read it in three short days during commutes and before bed. Connelly's prose is entertaining in the extreme and his UK education shows through with polished yet original phrasing.I finished it, and lent it to a fri [...]

    14. Thomas

      This book details the entertaining, though not terribly surprising story over the handful of years during which Chris Connelly performed and recorded with various combinations of the Wax Trax!/Ministry/Revolting Cocks/etc. circle (this included what I would consider his better works, such as Murder, Inc. and, later, The Damage Manual). The story is at times hilarious, sometimes horrifying (well, not really, but your grandmother might be horrified), and always just a bit debauched. If you ever en [...]

    15. Therese

      OH MY LORD. Well not only have I been in love with Mr. Connelly for, like, evah, (And yes I do love the solo stuff) his book just blew me away. You may have to pick this up at Quimby's (Chicago people) or through another independent bookstore but run don't walk, as they say. It's a marvelous read about Connelly's time in the Revolting Cocks and Ministry. It gives you everything you want in a Rock Bio; drugs, sex, drugs, and music. Plus, Connelly's style is so engaging and colloquial, you'll feel [...]

    16. Rob Granniss

      This is an excellent document of the burgeoning American industrial scene centered mostly on the Chicago Wax Trax! scene as only someone as jaded and sarcastic as Chris Connelly can bring. Stories abound of various drug ingestions, late night studio sessions and inspirational moments (his singing of Rod Stewart's Do You Think I'm Sexy came from the Buffalo Bill character in the Silence of the Lambs film). The writing is as frenetic and vivid as the stories within and his personal journal writing [...]

    17. Kaylan

      I thought this book was overwhelmingly boring. It's not all bad, and I giggled at parts, but it is almost entirely filled with content about getting effed up and effing things up. I might have enjoyed this more in high school and middle school, back when I was actually "into" all of these bands.And Chris Connelly is a bit of a snob. He spends the first couple chapters basically ripping on every band I like. Boo hoo.

    18. Roadie

      Im not entirely sure what to say about this book. Im a big fan of virtually everything that Chris Connelly has done in his musical career, the parts of which he talks about are the books saving grace. I would have liked to hear more about that and his process as a musican. The tour stories are interesting to, though I could have done without every page in the book going into how many drugs they were doing.

    19. The Book Nazi

      This book chronicles Life on the road in the 90s with assorted musical drug fiends - nothing is disallowed. Could be the 90s 'Fear and Loathing' but some great music still exists instead of cartoons. How these people a) functioned, b) survived and c) actually made some music that stands the test of time is beyond me. These guys were so out of it that the sex element is nada.All In all. It's a great short read

    20. David

      If you're a fan of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, or Pigface, you will enjoy this book quite a bit. Chris gives a pretty graphic review of the fun and debauchery that went on with the bands from the Wax Trax label. Be warned though, if you are a big Al Jourgensen fan, you may not look at him the same way again after reading this.

    21. Ake

      Questionable style. Unquestionable typos. Dubious attitude.Still it's a must read to accompany "The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen". It deserves five stars for simply existing like you would treasure any text in exegesis.

    22. Charlie

      A very honest look at Mr. Connelly's time in the Revolting Cocks and Ministry. Many hilarious stories a few scary moments and interesting the whole way through. I kind of wish it would have talked about his solo records a bit more but I understand Ministry and the cocks were the focus of this.

    23. Jeffrey Thiessen

      Not sure how the fuck this got published, who needs a full book from the revolting cocks/ministry guitarist? Thank god he writes in a funny, self-deprecating style, but the well is just too dry to get much out of it.

    24. Illa

      Excellent perspective on life and work at legendary WaxTrax! in its prime. Some insights and thoughts on Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Acid Horse, Murder Inc, Pigface and life in general as revolting cock in Chicago.

    25. Phil Fox

      I admit I got into this scene late in the game so a lot of the stuff might be more common knowledge but it was cool reading about all of the happenings that I caught wind of at one point or another and contextualizing it.

    26. Karen Keeler

      This book made me re-live alot of early 90s memories and at times say "I was there!"If you were into the Industrial scene back then or now this is a fun (yet sometimes painful) readg and an important bit of history in the evolution of Industrial music becoming almost mainstream.

    27. Christopher DeMarcus

      This book is written for industrial music fans in mind. If you want the inside scoop on the sonic origins of bands like Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Rev Co, then it's for you.

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