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The inaugural authorized biography of one of rock's most mysterious vocalists takes readers on an unrestrained journey through a chaotic and uniquely individual life and career. This captivating oral history, featuring H.R. himself and those closest to him, such as Ian MacKaye, Questlove, and members of Sublime and the Deftones, unveils the tumultuous and vibrant tapestry of his existence.


As the spiritual guide of Bad Brains, Paul "H.R." Hudson emerged as an iconic and legendary frontman in the realms of punk rock and hardcore. With a distinctive vocal style and dynamic stage presence, H.R. infused his performances with love, Rastafarian beliefs, and a rare optimism within the punk scene.


His path has been marked by unprecedented challenges: battles with drugs, violence, mysterious disappearances, and a profound mental illness that, given its intensity, makes his survival seem improbable. How could someone grappling with such immense troubles create an extraordinary body of work and leave an indelible mark on the music landscape?


The Finding Joseph I book presents interviews with H.R.'s family, current and former bandmates, friends, and those he influenced, including members of Bad Brains, Guns N' Roses, Black Flag, Living Colour, 311, Fishbone, the Wailers, Cro-Mags, Dead Prez, Murphy's Law, P.O.D., Michael Franti & Spearhead, and many others. Overflowing with rare and previously unseen images, this biography is the definitive portrayal of the punk rock icon.

Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains book

  • Howie Abrams & James Lathos

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