“Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains” To Receive Paperback Release In July

The paperback edition of Bad Brains frontman Paul “H.R.” Hudson’s “Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains” will be release on July 23. The book was authored by Howie Abrams and James Lathos and this latest edition will come with a new chapter focusing on H.R.’s battle with SUNCT syndrome and the brain surgery he underwent to remedy the condition. It also talks about Bad Brains’ most recent reunion with all four original members. On top of that, the paperback will also feature a new foreword by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, who performed live with the group during their latest shows. Blythe also contributed a portrait of H.R. for the book’s back cover, taken from his upcoming photo book “Frontman.” H.R. will be signing copies of the book and playing an acoustic set at Generation Records in New York City on July 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bad Brains Working On New Album

It looks like Bad Brains are working on a new album. H.R. confirmed the news during an interview with Joel Gausten.

Here’s what H.R. had to say about the band’s future:

“The future looks bright! We got a great new manager. We just came from doing a little tour over the summer, and we’re just waiting for the weather to break and we’ll be on our way to do more festival work.”

“Any day now, we’re scheduled to go into the studio and do some more work on a new album. The greatest album that we did, ‘Into The Future‘, came off great, and I really like working with the fellas.”

The singer also revealed that the group have added second guitarist Chogyi Lama to their lineup, and that he wants to go out and spread more PMA (positive mental attitude) in the world:

“I think that people overall need to listen to more good music! (laughs) What they need to do is put down the sword and learn to be forgiving towards each other, just give a chance to let peace rule over their bad, negative feelings and be more positive with listening to good music and being supportive of the good scene that’s happening.”

Furthermore, H.R. has also been writing material with his solo band Human Rights:

“It’s grown, and it’s full of life and spirit. It’s just a combustion of new music. When you heard it, you’ll understand just where I’m coming from. It gives me great joy and happiness, and the music is a lot happier and more fulfilling for me as an artist.”

That effort is expected to be released in 2019.

[via Loudwire]

“Finding Joseph I” Documentary About Bad Brains’ HR To Receive Home Release In November

The “Finding Joseph I” documentary about Bad Brains’ Paul “HR” Hudson is set to be released on DVD on November 3. That film was directed by James Lathos, and it focuses on the life of the frontman through previously unseen archival footage, interviews, etc.

You can still catch the film in select theaters as well:

  • 10/14 – Seattle @ Grand Illusio
  • 10/17-18 – New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Arts Center
  • 10/28 – Los Angeles @ Regent Theater (HR and Lathos in attendance)
  • 10/18 – London @ Komedia Picturehouse Brighton
  • 10/19 – London @ Tramshed Cinema – Cardiff
  • 10/21-22 – Switzerland @ Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2017
  • 10/22 – Washington D.C. @ Lincoln Theater
  • 10/26 – Chicago @ Brew View
  • 10/27 – Barcelona @ IN-EDIT Festival
  • 11/25 – Philadelphia @ PhilaMOCA
  • TBD – Brooklyn @ Nitehawk Cinema

[via The PRP]

Official Footage From Bad Brains’ Surprise Show In Brooklyn, NY Posted

Last month, Bad Brains played a surprise show at the Okay Space art gallery in Brooklyn, NY as part of Darryl Jenifer‘s art exhibit, and now some official footage of that can be seen below. Considering H.R. is still recovering from brain surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest he suffered in 2015, the band only played six songs with a couple of guests helping them out, including original singer Sid McCray and Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe.

[via The PRP]

Bad Brains Perform Surprise Show In Brooklyn, NY, Original Vocalist Sid McCray & Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Guest

Bad Brains played a surprise show at the Okay Space art gallery in Brooklyn, NY yesterday (June 8) as part of Darryl Jenifer‘s art exhibit. Considering H.R. is still recovering from brain surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest he suffered in 2015, the band only played six songs with a couple of guests helping them out, including original singer Sid McCray and Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe. You can see footage of that below:

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Tonight was one of the best nights of my life. Bad Brains played a secret show in Brooklyn at an art gallery for the opening of their bassist's art exhibit- no stage, on the floor with the people, straight-up old-school style. That's why I'm in NYC, to help these dudes out with a couple of the faster tunes. The full original lineup of Bad Brains played- HR sang "Jah Love" "The Youth Are Getting Restless" & "Re-Ignition". Then I sang "The Big Takeover" & "Banned In DC". Then Sid McCray, the FIRST singer of Bad Brains closed it out by singing "Regulator" for the first time since 1978. HOLY COW. The crowd went INSANE. In these divisive times, we all UNITED tonight in one huge, intense ball of PMA- black, white, yellow, red, brown, male, female- all of us were UNITED- all you saw & felt were smiles. Absolutely incredible, & punk rock to the core. You could just FEEL the love in the air. I sang with my favorite band of all time tonight- I can't explain how that makes me feel. So thanks for asking me to be here, @badbrainsofficial! ONE LOVE PEOPLE! ❤️✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿❤️ Photo by: @kevinwilsonnyc. #badbrains #pma

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H.R. Is Open To Doing A Bad Brains Tour Later This Year

Before undergoing brain surgery, Bad Brains’ H.R. was recently interviewed by Loudwire about his new memoir “Finding Joseph I,” and he said that Bad Brains may be hitting the road later this year. Despite this, tour details are obviously still up in the air since H.R. still needs time to recover from his surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest.

Here’s what H.R. told Loudwire:

“I was talking with the bass player [Darryl Jenifer] and we were looking at the fall, in autumn, maybe. We’ll do some rehearsals, rehearsing a setlist that they had wanted to play and I decided to go ahead and play it with them. Darryl had come to me through the telephone and said, ‘I’m committed to you,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m committed to you.’”

H.R. (Bad Brains) To Undergo Brain Surgery

Bad Brains’s Paul “HR” Hudson, who has been suffering with SUNCT (a rare neurobiological disorder that causes extreme headaches) will soon be undergoing brain surgery for his condition on February 21. He told Loudwire the following about the surgery:

“[My wife] took me to the hospital so I would learn about what was going on in my head, because I was experiencing bad headaches at the time. And the doctor came to me and he said we’re going to have a surgery.”

Until now, he has been handling the disorder with a “cocktail of pharmaceuticals” and holistic substances. As previously announced a GoFundMe campaign that was launched for him in March 2016.

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H.R. (Bad Brains) Diagnosed With Rare Neurobiological Disorder

A crowdfunding campaign was recently set up for Bad Brains guitarist Gary “Dr. Know” Miller, who suffered multiple organ failure last fall. Now it appears another member of the band needs help. A new Gofundnme campaign has been set up for vocalist Paul “HR” Hudson, who has been suffering with SUNCT, which is a rare neurobiological disorder that causes extreme headaches.

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His wife Lori Hudson issued the following statement:

“I am HR’s caregiver. He has a neurobiological disorder and has also had severe headaches for years. The headaches have gotten progressively worse; in November, he began living with almost constant pain. He has been diagnosed with a rare type of headache called SUNCT, a trigeminal neuralgia that is similar to cluster headaches. There is no known cure and no reliable medical treatment. To give you an idea of what he’s dealing with, cluster headaches are nicknamed “Suicide Syndrome.” The headaches come randomly, with no warning, at all hours of the day and night; but for him, they are much worse at night. The intensity of the nighttime headaches is so great that he yells, cries out, groans, and sobs—repeatedly, every few minutes, for most of the night. He can’t work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, ‘Everything’s okay,’ because that’s just how he is. But everything is not okay.

We’ve been consulting doctors for the past few years, and have uncovered several health issues that we were able to address and overcome. But these headaches… In the past six months, he’s been to the emergency room twice, had an overnight in the hospital, has seen two neurologists, and so far he has a diagnosis and found a pain medication that worked well for a while but is not safe to take long-term—so it’s two steps forward, three steps back. He has an appointment in early May at a Headache Center–not fully covered by health insurance–where we hope to find someone with experience with this type of headache. He’s on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals that scares me. He has lost weight, with visible muscle wasting.

As a clinical herbalist, you can be sure that I have also been tapping into my extensive knowledge of natural medicine. Nothing is working YET. I know what we need to try next, including acupuncture and some herbal preparations, however we can’t manage the costs of these treatments.

I am a full-time caregiver. I work a full-time retail management job with varying shifts. I manage HR’s calendar and business as best as I can. I’ve been trying really hard to work on extra projects to bring in some extra money (very slow going). I take care of the apartment, the car, the bills, HR’s doctor appointments, everything. I do all of the things. And now I can’t sleep because my husband is crying out in pain all night. On top of the physical stress of shift work and not getting enough sleep, the emotional and psychological stress of watching him be in pain and not being able to do a damn thing about it is wearing me down. He needs me to be around more and he needs me to be at my best. I can’t do this alone anymore. We need your help.

Thank you for anything you can do to help HR regain his health–and his life.”

Gofundme Campaign Launched To Pay For Gary “Dr. Know” Miller’s (Bad Brains) Medical Expenses

Back in November, Bad Brains guitarist Gary “Dr. Know” Miller was hospitalized and placed on life support after suffering cardiac arrest and multiple organ failure. Now a Gofundme campaign has been launched to raise money for the medical bills/living expenses that arose because of the situation.

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The following statement was posted:

“As many of you know, Gary Miller (aka Dr. Know or Doc), guitarist of the Legendary Washington DC punk band Bad Brains, suffered cardiac arrest in early November last year. His condition quickly progressed to multiple organ failure, and he was on life support for almost 2 weeks. At the time, his doctors gave him a 5% chance of survival. But by the power of PMA, LOVE and FAMILY, he was able to pull through and survive.

He spent nearly three months in the hospital, until he was finally able to be transferred to a medical rehabilitation facility where he is getting the proper physical therapy and treatment that he needs to make a full recovery. In medical rehab, he continues to make incredible progress every day. Doc and his loved ones are now confident that he will make a full recovery and continue to touch our lives with his incredible music, kindness, and positivity.

We started this campaign in an effort to raise money for Doc’s medical expenses and additional care that will be needed once he returns home. Doc did not have medical insurance at the time of his hospitalization, and the multiple medical bills have created an overwhelming financial strain that Doc and his family are not able to handle on their own. Since Doc has been unable to work since early November when this happened, he also needs help with his living expenses until he can make a full recovery and get back to work.

All funds contributed to this campaign will be directly deposited into a bank account created by a representative of the Bad Brains specifically for this purpose. Any amount of money you can contribute to this fund is greatly appreciated by Doc and his family.

Dr. Know sincerely thanks all of you for the continued support and truly believes that all of your love and PMA has allowed him to recover so quickly, against all odds! Please keep the PMA coming!”