'Rivethead' by Ben Hamper


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  1. TheMetalPedant

    Wow, I haven't thought about that book in a while. Time to dig out my copy and re-read it. It's one of those books that would be brilliant satire, if not for the fact that Howie Makem and all the rest of it was real.

  2. christinaward

    Great book. I thought I was the only one who loved it.

    All of us who grew up around factory culture (Dad was at Allis-Chalmers, Badger Alloys, then Harley-Davidson) recognize all the stories as true.

    And to the snarky commenter....Every person I knew in the shops worked really hard. They were proud of what they made. But they were also beat down by foremen passing along unreasonable Management demands. And the jester of every factory; the engineers who "improved" everything in a vacuum totally deprived of common sense. Most 'slacking off' was at the expense of Management, not the product.

    Shout out to all the 1970's RustBelt kids who walked a picket line with dad, went to file for unemployment during Shutdown, and visited the shops to see where mom/dad worked on Family Day.

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