Episode 279: Roger Miret

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Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret came by Going Off Track to discuss his new memoir “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory.” Along the way we discuss what it was like living in NYC squats in the eighties, growing up in Cuba and how Miret’s band walked the line between punk and metal and helped pioneer a new sound in the process. We also discuss what it was like the first time Miret saw the Ramones, how going to prison on drug charges helped shift his perspective and the way punk changed his life at a very impressionable time. “It was hard for me to make friends when I was younger because I was a very introverted person, and this kind of music helped me come out of my shell,” Miret explains. “I feel like like life didn’t begin for me until I was 13 years old and I discovered this music. People who know me know that I’m still a very quiet and reserved person, that’s who I am. Vinnie Stigma is the life of Agnostic Front and I think people have always been a little more cautious with me.” Whether you’re an Agnostic Front lifer or just learning about the influential NYHC act, Miret’s memoir is a captivating read that captures a very important time in music history told from the perspective someone who literally lived—and often fought—through it.

Buy Roger’s book here