London Real
Episode 535


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John Joseph McGowan is a musician, author and triathlete from New York City, most famous for his work as the lead singer of the Cro-Mags in the 1980s. 


00:00 Trailer.
02:15 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:47 Brian’s introduction.
05:26 Incredible London music scene different to New York.
10:15 Abusive and violent childhood in New York City leads to a dangerous drug scene.
19:57 Whatever hell we were going through, music was the salvation.
23:23 A time-bomb waiting to go off is conclusion of his Navy SEAL psychological test.
28:38 No band could ever touch the Bad Brains in a live performance.
31:21 AWOL, fighting for his life in New York, in need of healing.
44:15 Facing racial hatred down south and how John got his nickname Bloodclot.
47:27 How a crazy, drug dealing, scrapping in street guy comes to front a band.
50:25 Honour the music, study your craft; learning a lot from Robert McKee before writing his story.
51:35 It was hard in Evolution of a Cro-Magnon to write openly about abuse he suffered as a child.
53:21 Forsaking drugs and alcohol for eating raw foods and being a fighting Hari Krishna monk.
1:00:53 The hot girl on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii: would applying PMA have changed John’s future?
1:02:47 Return to NY punk scene then realising corruption existing within the Hari Krishna movement.
1:08:41 Why he had to live in crazy, lawless Alphabet City, NY.
1:12:21 Insane stunts at Cro-Mag performances, his lifestyle giving authenticity to song lyrics.
1:16:49 “My history is of being betrayed, so when betrayal happens something inside me breaks”.
1:26:21 Descent to rock bottom, constantly running from the cops with wealthy girlfriend.
1:43:53 Below rock bottom in a crack house. How and who gave the focus to climbing out of the hell.
1:48:21 John’s life now and his relationship with fellow vegans.
1:53:58 Competing the Ironman races.   “The mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy”.
2:01:31 What will John being doing in five years-time?
2:02:14 Success secrets.
2:02:49 Is John ready for the ultimate test?
2:07:51 What keeps John away at night.
2:08:07 Advice to the twenty-year old John Joseph.
2:10:00 Best advice ever received.
2:11:41 Advice to the young person listening.
2:14:36 Brian’s summing up.



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