In conversation with Bernard Meisler.
Patrick O’Neil began his career as a visual artist, before getting involved with the San Francisco punk rock scene of the ’70s and ’80s. He worked as a roadie and road manager for the Dead Kennedys, Flipper and the Ramones, among others. When the music career ended unceremoniously, due to some bad habits he’d picked up as an occupational hazard, he turned his talents to bank robbery. He told of his journey from incarceration to becoming a writer in his gripping memoir, Gun Needle Spoon. Patrick reads an excerpt from his latest work, a memoir of his road dog years, at about the 45-minute mark.