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Spanian: The Unfiltered Hood Life Paperback – 1 December 2021
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By the time he was twelve, Spanian knew he would follow his family's footsteps to become a career criminal. What followed was a decade-long string of brazen crimes and brutal violence: stabbings, ram-raids, drug runs and a notorious high school siege. Throughout the Sydney social housing enclaves of Redfern, Waterloo and Woolloomooloo, Spanian earned a reputation as one of the city's most flagrant crooks; armed with a boxcutter in one hand, and a syringe in the other.But it all came at a damning price: in the throes of heroin addiction and thirteen years wasted behind bars, Spanian became a longstanding resident of jails across New South Wales. There, he was embroiled in racial divisions, prison politics, and a vicious vortex of self-destruction, until music and books became an unlikely lifeline. Reading and rapping became new rituals, and a glistening light at the end of the tunnel. Released from Bathurst Correctional Centre in 2017 with newfound purpose, Spanian has since found viral fame and a sprawling, worldwide audience through hip-hop and his magnetic social media presence.This is the powerful, unflinching and high-octane memoir of how a young inner-city kid became Spanian. It gives unapologetic insight into the gritty socio-economic underbelly of Sydney city, the criminal justice system, and the correctional system. The story of Spanian provides hope that even the most stubborn cycles can be broken, and new dreams made.
Viral hip-hop star Spanian was in a vicious vortex of crime, violence, incarceration and drug addiction and heading for total annihilation when the artist within emerged, not just giving his life new meaning and purpose, but damn well saving it.
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In the four years since his release from prison, Spanian has evolved from an underground artist to a full-blown counterculture icon. Whether it's his uncompromising raps or viral social media presence, Spanian doesn't just command your attention, he snatches it without permission. Spending the vast majority of his youth incarcerated, Spanian is now focusing on remaining a free man. Through music, he's found a sprawling audience for his unfiltered tales of street life, violence, and the gritty underbelly of inner-city Sydney. Spanian: The Unfiltered Hood Life is his first book.
- Publisher : Hachette Australia; 1st edition (1 December 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0733648126
- ISBN-13 : 978-0733648120
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 5 January 2022
I read this book after seeing Spanian on the Friendly Jordie's YouTube channel. The book was funny and entertaining while also being sad and at times graphic. Would recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining, easy to read book on life and crime.
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Reviewed in Australia on 11 December 2021
Spanian's yarns will keep you turning the pages for more. True crime, laughs, sadness, hope and redemption. This bloke's lived a life and has the stories to show for it.
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