Lesser Gods has announced the official release of “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory” — a memoir written by AGNOSTIC FRONT vocalist Roger Miret with Jon Wiederhorn (also known for his book titled “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal”). Due on August 29, the book chronicles Miret‘s life surrounding his career as the vocalist of AGNOSTIC FRONT, a leader in the New York hardcore scene, and the significant events in his upbringing that led him to where he is now. Though he has a colorful musical history replete with trouble and mischief, the biography focuses on Miret‘s trials and tribulations growing up in 1980s New York City.
Born in Cuba, Miret fled with his family to the U.S. to escape the Castro regime. Through vivid language and graphic details, he recounts growing up in a strange new land with a tyrannical stepfather and the roles that poverty and violence played in shaping the grit that became critical to his survival. In his teen years, he finds himself squatting in abandoned buildings with unforgettably eccentric runaways and victims of similar childhood trauma. With like-minded misfits, he helps pioneer a new musical genre but with money scarce and commercial success impossible, he turns to running drugs to support his family and winds up in prison. It’s the ultimate test of his toughness and perseverance that eventually sets him on a path towards redemption.
In a 2015 interview with Invisible Oranges, Miret stated about AGNOSTIC FRONT‘s three-and-a-half-decade-long career: “I think the secret to our longevity is that we’re true, we’re real, we’re passionate about what we do. And people want to relate to that. Nobody wants to be a part of something that’s not genuine. I think that’s why people gravitate to us and is the secret to our longevity and success. We’re genuine people, the band’s genuine, we have genuine stuff to say. At some points it can be controversial, but you know what? Some people don’t want to be confronted because the truth hurts. And that confrontation is sometimes important because you get people talking. And if I sometimes have something to say, and I back up everything I have to say for sure, most of it is true-life experiences. I like a good challenge. I like people to ask me stuff and I like to be challenged. And I’m not ignorant. I’ll take whatever the challenge is and get the best out of it and I’ll learn something from it. I’m not a hundred percent right, I’m not all your answers, but I’m willing to accept when I’m wrong and learn something from it. That’s what hardcore is all about.”