GG Allin – My Prison Walls. This book is an interesting archive of prison letters, journal entries, and drawings made by Kevin Allin, better known as shock/punk rock legend GG Allin. It’s a large-format, all-color, limited-edition art book, and has a very slick production, which is sort of ironic considering the guy it documents gave himself all of his tattoos and threw shit everywhere on stage.
‘My Prison Walls’ by GG Allin. “2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of GG Allin, the most notorious Rock N Roll artist of all time. For the first time ever, Allin’s prison-era memoirs have been compiled in “My Prison Walls”, a 208 page hardcover numbered limited edition collector’s book that contains letters, illustrations, prose, and Allin’s own personal accounts of his time spent in prison.
GG Allin – My Prison Walls
The book begins with Allin’s “30 Days In The Hole” his journal, in his own handwriting, detailing his first days in lock up. This comprises the first 50 pages of the book and gives the reader a first-hand account of Allin’s mindset at the time. In addition, there are over 40 pieces of art and prose by Allin, plus correspondence with his family members, convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy, Jeff Clayton of ANTiSEEN, and many others.
This book cover is wrapped in black saifu cloth and decorated / titled in red foil blood stamping. Each book is individually numbered and shrink-wrapped for protection and preservation. After the 2500 copies have been sold, the book will not be re-printed. In this sense, it is a true collector’s item for any fan of GG Allin or the history of Rock N Roll music.”
GG Allin bio:
Kevin Michael “GG” Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; August 29, 1956 – June 28, 1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. GG Allin was best known for his outlandish live performances, which often featured transgressive acts, including coprophagia, self-mutilation, and attacking audience members, for which he was arrested and imprisoned on multiple occasions. AllMusic and G4TV’s That’s Tough have called him “the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history” and the “toughest rock star in the world”, respectively.
Known more for his notorious stage antics than for his music, he recorded prolifically, not only in the punk rock genre, but also in spoken word, country, and more traditional-style rock.
His lyrics, which often expressed themes of misogyny, pedophilia, blasphemy and racism, polarized listeners and created varied opinions of him within the highly politicized punk community. When questioned about his music and shows, Allin often replied that he was trying to make rock music “dangerous” again.
GG Allin – My Prison Walls
Allin’s music was often poorly recorded and produced, given limited distribution, and met with mostly negative reviews from critics, although he maintained a cult following throughout and after his career. Allin promised for several years that he would commit suicide on stage during one of his concerts, but died off-stage of an accidental heroin overdose.
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