Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr


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$16.95  $15.76
Three Rooms Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

James Carr evolved from being one of the most notorious rebels in the California penal system of the 50s and 60s as leader of the infamous Wolf Pack to a comrade of famed Soledad Brother George Jackson and early member of the Black Panthers. Carr was murdered on April 6th, 1972 outside his home in San Jose, CA.


"Not for the faint of heart, Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr depicts just how impossible escaping the cycle of systemic violence really can become." --Bustle

"For those interested in prison reform, James Carr's autobiography, BAD is a must read. His life is a testimony to the need to make fundamental changes in our system of prisons. We all will benefit if changes are made that stress education, rehabilitation and employment opportunities instead of just incarceration. Reading Carr's autobiography forces us to think about just that."
-- Jim Beall, California State Senator

"BAD was very difficult to read because of the physical violence that permeates the book. This reflects the prisons of the fifties and sixties. Today, a person in prison stills has a fear of being physically attacked especially from gangs. But, there seems to be more psychological violence like long term solitary confinement . . . The total elimination of both physical and psychological violence continues to be an ongoing need."
-- Charles Sullivan, President, International Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)

"These are the stories I grew up with, the epic mythologies that sustained me during my long years of exile - gladiator tales of a legendary, furious hero who flew so very close to the sun, burning hot, reckless, ruthless. These are the great and terrible exploits of my godfather, the Black Spartacus who goes harder than all the rest and makes no apologies - vivid, visceral, vital, shining with charisma. His undying bond of comradeship with Uncle George [Jackson, Soledad Brother] serves as a crucial example for everyone in the struggle."
--Jonathan Peter Jackson

"The California of illusion, commerce & hype became reality to a throw away kid of street soul in one of the most compelling books I've read . . . Our hero bled while studying higher math and philosophy, not really suited to nationalistic racism but survived with it. Between hell and chaos that he made, he could also make such statements: 'Guerrilla ideology reduces all revolutionary questions to quantitative problems of military force.' His story will mess with your mind, stick to your ribs like a shiver and in your hearts and minds forever. If the other James Carr who sang 'You Got My Mind Messed Up' was on of the world's greatest soul singers, this James Carr was one of the greatest souls . . . and the baddest mutherfucker society tried to hold."
--Charles Plymell, publisher, Zap Comix, poet, Last of the Moccasins

"An inside look at late fifties/early sixties inner city LA street gangs . . . Learn about Carr's lifelong friendship with Soledad Brother and prison reform leader George Jackson . . . A view inside Soledad and San Quentin that is neither romanticized nor sensationalized. . . . amazing and insightful." --Razorcake