ArtistProfile: HARLEY FLANAGAN

The Harley Flanagan Project

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Harley Flannagan is recording his newest LP, to be released later in 2015.

Flanagan and several other players recently started laying down the basic tracks for the yet-to-be-named album, and will undoubtedly be one of the premiere hardcore/punk releases of the year.

“I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years,” said Harley.

Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson said, “The demos we have heard thus far are incredible! We’re really looking forward to hearing this when it’s completed.”

New York Hard Core Legend

According to the The New York Times, “Few bands were as energetic as the Cro-Mags during the heyday of the Lower East Side hard-core scene in the mid- to late 1980s.

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Their first record, “The Age of Quarrel,” featured an illustration of a mushroom cloud on the cover and driving songs with shouted lyrics about existential fear and the limits of anarchism. In many ways the songs were a reflection of the world as seen by Mr. Flanagan, who left school at an early age and began hanging out on the decaying streets of the Lower East Side, where rent was cheap, abandoned buildings proliferated and the drug trade flourished.”
Age of Quarrel (1986) the Cro-Mags first album, ranks among the Top 20 Hardcore Albums in History (at #8). “Age of Quarrel is the last great album of hardcore’s first wave and the opening salvo of its second,” said LA Weekly.” There is no band that changed hardcore’s direction more than the New York-based, Hare Krishna-influenced ‘Mags.

“Led by kinetic frontman John “Bloodclot” Joseph and the inimitable Harley Flanagan … provided the template for post-1986 hardcore. They were also, notably, the first band to have a video on MTV featuring moshing and stage diving.”

Harley is a tough, “take no bullshit”-type of guy, according to LA Weekly. “But he’s also the kind of person you wouldn’t hesitate to let teach your child about chokeholds and joint locks.”

Renzo Gracie Black Belt

Harley is known as “Professor Harley” to his students at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What is Jiu-Jitsu? “According to the last days of the 19th century,” said Renzo Gracie, “Some Jiu-Jitsu masters emigrated from Japan to other continents, teaching the martial arts as well as taking part in fights and competitions. Mitsuyo Maeda was one such master.

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Maeda arrived in Brazil in 1915, and settled in Belem do Para, where he met a man named Gastao Gracie. Gastao became a Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast and brought his oldest son, Carlos, to learn from the Japanese master.”

Harley started training under Master Renzo Gracie in 1995 and trains his students at the Midtown academy on the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, grappling, , self defense, strength, and endurance.
Author

Harley’s first book was a collection of illsutrations and stories he created when he was seven years old, and published when he was nine, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg.h2

Harley’s new book, an autobiography, is currently scheduled to be published in the spring of 2016.