Photo: John Joseph in a wet suit at the East River, New York City
Episode 19!!! Punk Philosophy with John Joseph McGowan, triathlete, punk rock singer, from the gritty streets of the Lower East Side in the 70’s and 80’s.
John Joseph is an OG vegan. He’s also an OG punk rocker. He was living in the streets of NYC’s Lower East Side when he was 14 years old. He’s almost been killed more than once. He’s deeply spiritual and philosophical. He’s a 10 time Iron Man Triathlete (he’s training for his 11th). He’s still singing with the Cro-Mags and was preparing for a European tour at the time of this recording. He’s written 2 books with a 3rd on the way.
In this episode we talk about consciousness, risk, survival, doing time, grit, Positive Mental Attitude, yoga, teaching and learning, and soooooooooo much more!
Check out his website
Check out his Instagram (set as private at the time of this post)
Special note for people who like f-bombs: TONS of f-bombs in this episode, or as John calls it, “vernacular.”
This is a punk recording
Also, keep in mind, as I say in the recording, this is a punk recording 🙂 where i record every moment from start to finish (except the first 20 or 30 seconds because I forgot to hit record, which is normal for me.)
I did no pre-interview, nor unrecorded rapport building… nothing before or after, I just recorded the whole thing so you could hear a little “behind the scenes” of an episode.
Going on tour with the cro-mags now!
Being vegan since 1981 (working in a healthfood store)
Living in hare krishna temple for 2 years
“Philosophy without devotion is speculation”
Turning 56 soon
When he was growing up, disrespecting someone on the streets, things could go very badly
“What they’re practicing is not yoga it’s gymnastics”
Anthony Bourdain ate a beating heart
Punk like. What is the first tennent of punk rock?
His new book Pure PMA is coming out soon
His concept The Microwave Society
What is PMA Positive Mental Attitude
Getting shot, and getting shot at
Risk = Value
Today is Day 1 to start turning the corner on this shit
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