In this profound memoir, reformed skinhead Meeink, with assistance from Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story. The author relates his own story of being born into a family of drug addicted parents and abuse. Rootless and without parental oversight or care. Frank Meeink’s life story involves a lot of luck — both good and bad. For many who crossed his path when he was a racist, ruthlessly violent.

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I ached for Meeink because I pictured the pain that he experienced and inflicted on others through the eyes of my own child, wanting to spare him from the sorts of pains and challenges that set Meeink for such a life.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to throw the book at the wall and scream “stop screwing up Frank! I rode the bus each morning with some of the other Italian kids from my dad’s neighborhood. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of being accepted by a group when everyone else around you is aa your existence.

He was shaking violently.

I joined a youth-league team that practiced on Pepper’s diamond after school each day. And that’s eventually what got me put in prison. He knew her better than I did.

Don’t read it if you’re looking for a light read. Excerpted by permission of Hawthorne Books. It was ridiculous, illogical, and appalling. Elizabeth Wurtzel Author of Prozac Nation. It was my moment of truth: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It was so raw, so brutally, undeniably true, that it cut to the heart of all the abuse I’d suffered. Up fights against gravity, people. He even has trouble fully investing in the skinhead lifestyle right off the bat.


He had his own public access talk show, called The Reich, he appeared on Nightline and other media outlets as a spokesman for neo-Nazi topics, and he regularly recruited members of his South Philadelphia neighborhood to join his skinhead gang. I’m not saying I’d been color blind; that ain’t even possible in Philly.

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, 2nd edition | Frank Meeink | Hawthorne Books

But I had never really thought about it as a race thing. Everyone in that club was watching me. Meeink quickly turns to drugs and returns to drinking to numb his confusion and rage.

There is a lack of any real deep regret and he portrays an overhanging sense that h Reads like million little pieces but the co-author has gone to the lengths to verify most of the facts.

The Oklahoma City bombing inspired him to try to stop the widespread hatred he once had felt. For the first time in my whole freaking life, I felt like I mattered. Most mornings, I’d grab my skateboard and take the bus back to my mom’s neighborhood.

A ‘Recovering Skinhead’ On Leaving Hatred Behind

rexovering The more proof I uncovered, the harder I believed. As a teenager, Frank Meeink was one of the most well-known skinhead gang members in the country. He went to rehab several times but still managed to get drugs in every rehab he went to. That I hadn’t put even one of his lessons into practice to save my own ass? He had a point.

We all ran for our lives and hid behind cars and bushes. I was fourteen years old, and I was a neo-Nazi skinhead. Especially after I moved autobiogrzphy with my dad and I saw black guys beating the shit out of white guys almost every damn day.

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That was always the give away, because the skinheads dressed really sharp, especially compared to us skaters. I had a difficult time getting through it at all. This new edition of the acclaimed Skknhead Meeink story includes a preface by the author, nine new chapters, an updated epilogue, and resource guides for substance abuse recovery and countering racism.


That I hadn’t looked to see where somebody might be hiding? The other skinheads had moved away from the kid like he was a toxic spill, and they were all looking to Bob for some kind of signal. I didn’t expect much of a response from my dad, maybe not even any response at all. I greatly enjoyed this book!

So I get up there, and he’s not recvoering skateboarder anymore. Glad I read it; it’s definitely a perspective I’ve not encountered much before The subject matter here made this book so hard to read. I just knew I liked hanging out with those guys, and I hoped they’d show up again. They didn’t ask me about my mom kicking me out so I returned the favor: If goodreads had 4. Maybe that makes it sound like he is leading us through his masochistic walk of shame, but he isn’t.

They told me I could become a warrior.

He’s not a punk rocker anymore. They liked me because basically I looked like a nut, so they wanted me on their other shows, and, you know, swastikas on a young kid’s neck sells TV shows, so now I did a couple shows like that, and I kind of made a name for myself.

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