Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ben Hamper and Take No Prisoners

Ben Hamper defined the humor and heartache of life on the line in Flint in the pages of his bestselling book Rivethead: Tales of the Assembly Line. But he also was instrumental in establishing Flint's punk scene in the eighties via his dramatically unrehearsed radio show Take No Prisoners. It offered a lifeline to Flint kids who did not share the local populace's love of Billy Joel and Foreigner. Chris Kissel and Chuck Armstrong chronicle it all on their podcast, Pressed in America. Listen here. You'll be glad you did.

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