Christian Picciolini was born and raised on the South side of Chicago, in a town called Blue Island, the birthplace of the American white power skinhead movement in the mid 1980s. At 14 years old, Picciolini became entrenched in the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States and began mingling with members almost twice his age. From tattoos to weapons, brawls to drunken rallies to political aspirations,Picciolini immersed himself in the racist skinhead culture and quickly became one of the movement’s most respected leaders. In April 2015, Picciolini will publish his memoir Romantic Violence: Memoirs Of An American Skinhead, in order to illustrate how shockingly easily a well-adapted, abundantly loved kid from a good family became a pioneer and leader in the early American racist skinhead movement. He was the lead singer in the first white power band from the United States to ever leave the country and play in Europe. He attended and spoke at KKK rallies, was kicked out of five different high schools, and stockpiled weapons so, if necessary, he’d be ready to fight the United States government to protect the white race from annihilation. By the time his skinhead involvement destroyed his first marriage, he had already realized the hollowness and rancor of the movement. In 2010, he co-founded and became Executive Board Chairman of Life After Hate, a non-profit outreach organization dedicated to peace, diversity and basic human goodness.
***Please note that all attendees will recieve a free digital copy of Christian's new book "Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead."
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