Life isn’t easy in NYC. But tough times don’t last, only tough people do. If the guy that’s up next doesn’t fit that, no one will.

Harley Flanagan has seen a trip or two around the block in more than one neighborhood of the NYHC scene. With a new book coming, Hard-core: Life Of My Own, one of the founding members of Cro-Mags sets a part of his life down in print for everyone to see. Add in a new solo album, Cro-Mags, and you understand that Harley has been a busy New Yorker, to say the least. This Renzo Gracie Academy black belt in Jiu-Jitsu also teaches classes six days a week, if we forgot to mention that in his other duties of being an author, a musician, and even a dad on top of everything else.

We managed to grab a few minutes of this multifaceted artist to sit down on the phone with us and go through a few topics like the book, the new album, and what his life has been like going from the mean streets to the mats teaching people a serious martial art.

For those looking for more dirt on his past troubles with a particular band and the incident with them, that subject was purposely avoided. And, some may find the martial arts part of the interview a tad long. But for those that are fascinated by the subject and the history he goes over, you’re welcome.

A man can change a lot over the years. Transcending from watching a VHS tape of UFC 2 to gaining a rare black belt and then teaching others what you know is a high accomplishment.


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About The Author

After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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