Yes, you know who Danny Marianino is. He’s that guy. Don’t remember? Watch this:
Danny has been around forever. He’s a hesher from Jersey who found underground music very easily, whether it was metal, hardcore, punk, whatever. He was in North Side Kings, did a stint with Cause for Alarm, oh, and knocked the shit out of Glenn Danzig.
When the clip of Danny’s first round KO of Danzig hit YouTube, his fate was sealed. The hate mail came pouring in. Emails, message boards, comment sections, and, eventually, social media. So much so that Danny got an entire book just from the reactions his punch heard round the punk rock world garnered. People were livid and they did not hesitate to voice their displeasure with Danny. Daily barrages of badly spelled, grammatically challenged emails began to flood his inbox. Message boards melted down with virulently-worded threats of violence and death. The gatekeepers of punk rocked gasped, shuddered, and clutched their pearls in outraged indignation.
“I added a lot of funny stuff: more messages and hate mail and I expanded on some of the funny experiences I should have really told better. I’ve written a few books since, and once I had my sea legs, I realized I needed to raise the humor level to a Spinal Tap 11.”— Danny Marianino
But here’s the thing: Danny’s got a great sense of humor and used it to turn the entire episode into a hilarious book. And now, DiWulf Publishing House has signed on to publish a new, 10th anniversary expanded edition of Danny’s hysterical tome, Don’t Ever Punch a Rock Star. “I always wanted to make some changes, explains Danny. “The first version is like that demo tape that you and your band always wanted to go back and rerecord. There were more funny stories I should have elaborated on, and after it was released, I was like, Oh well, too late. I’ve put a lot of time into this and added even more humor. It’s off the hook!”Filled with uproariously funny anecdotes, Danny will add some new photos to the book to go along with new retrospective musings on how his life has changed since he knocked out the Lucifer of Lodi (Spoiler alert: when asked, Danny responded, “About 30 pounds and a newfound love for Golden Girls…).The expanded version of Don’t Ever Punch a Rock Star will have some all-new hate mail that’s been collected in the years since the proliferation of social media. Through it all, Danny’s indomitable sense of humor and likeability make it a fun read about one of the most bizarre moments in music history.
“I added a lot of funny stuff: more messages and hate mail and I expanded on some of the funny experiences I should have really told better. I’ve written a few books since, and once I had my sea legs, I realized I needed to raise the humor level to a Spinal Tap 11.”
Keep an eye out for a release date announcement as Danny studiously continues working on the new, expanded edition. If you missed the now-out-of-print original the first time around, here is your chance to get it!