Yohannan then edited the whole correspondence together, littering the Q&A with a final round of his own commentary.
He literally gave himself the last word on his most contentious exchanges with the band. Yohannan had revealed his own intellectual insecurities by doing everything in his power to stack the deck in his favor.
, the debut album by a New York City band called Agnostic Front.
"The crazy thing about Timmy calling me a fascist is that I was an immigrant Latino kid dating a Jewish girl, and she never accused me of being a Nazi sympathizer." But because his band had the nerve to occasionally dissent from left-wing tenets, it drew the ire of the powers in punk at the time. as a young child after his parents fled the Castro regime.
"Unfortunately, much of the narrow-mindedness, fanatical nationalism, and violence that has destroyed the New York punk scene seems to have revolved around AGNOSTIC FRONT." The author of that review was the publication's founder and editor, Tim Yohannan, a 40-something ex-Yippie who thought punk music should march in lockstep with left-wing politics.
As Ray Farrell, a punk veteran who once worked at the independent record label SST (run by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn), told Steven Blush, author of In effect, Yohannan appointed himself as the grand inquisitor of the punk rock thought police, scouring the scene for any signs of deviation from the lefty script.
Nor was Agnostic Front the only band to run afoul of Yohannan's insistence on ideological purity. He grew up rough in "the slums of New Jersey towns like Passaic and Paterson." From there he found his way to Manhattan, where the loud, fast sounds of bands such as the Stimulators, Reagan Youth, and Even Worse were blaring out of clubs such as Max's Kansas City, A7, and CBGB.
Miret's life changed forever when he saw the Bad Brains play in 1981.