“He had gone with his mom after the divorce. She had no money. Home was now minimally furnished. Home was really not a home, more a thing that chokes the throat, a sob. Happiness was leaving, catching a ride, taking a bus, finding a way to the city to see young bands, Throbbing Gristle, Black Flag, Gun Club, The Clash… It was possible at this time to learn about X in a major newspaper or The Minutemen, go to the city on the night of their performance, walk up, buy a ticket. There were always tickets available. It was as if nobody else read the newspaper, there just weren’t many people into it yet. Happiness was this music, made by young people at their creative peak, just passion, no rules, The Alleycats, The Germs, The Flesheaters, Twisted Roots. Their songs had a place you could put your feelings. More and more, he realized, happiness was the music itself. ”
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