Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO

Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO

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by Andy Greenwald
     
 

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Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo tells the story of a cultural moment that's happening right now-the nexus point where teen culture, music, and the web converge to create something new.

While shallow celebrities dominate the headlines, pundits bemoan the death of the music industry, and the government decries teenagers for their morals

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Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo tells the story of a cultural moment that's happening right now-the nexus point where teen culture, music, and the web converge to create something new.

While shallow celebrities dominate the headlines, pundits bemoan the death of the music industry, and the government decries teenagers for their morals (or lack thereof) earnest, heartfelt bands like Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, and Thursday are quietly selling hundreds of thousands of albums through dedication, relentless touring and respect for their fans. This relationship - between young people and the empathetic music that sets them off down a road of self-discovery and self-definition - is emo, a much-maligned, mocked, and misunderstood term that has existed for nearly two decades, but has flourished only recently. In Nothing Feels Good, Andy Greenwald makes the case for emo as more than a genre - it's an essential rite of teenagehood. From the '80s to the '00s, from the basement to the stadium, from tour buses to chat rooms, and from the diary to the computer screen, Nothing Feels Good narrates the story of emo from the inside out and explores the way this movement is taking shape in real time and with real hearts on the line. Nothing Feels Good is the first book to explore this exciting moment in music history and Greenwald has been given unprecedented access to the bands and to their fans. He captures a place in time and a moment on the stage in a way only a true music fan can.

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Editorial Reviews

Blender Magazine
"This thoughtful, inquisitive book is, like the genre itself, really all about the fans...It's Catcher In The Rye with guitars."
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"This thoughtful, inquisitive book is, like the genre itself, really all about the fans...It's Catcher In The Rye with guitars." - Blender Magazine

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Greenwald's take on emo progresses the way one would expect when a senior contributing writer to SPIN magazine treats a musical subgenre. He grabs hold of its roots (in this case, the Washington, DC, 1980s hardcore scene and bands like Rites of Spring), walks readers through its stages (dropping the names of emo heroes like Sunny Day Real Estate and the Promise Ring), paints a vivid picture of contemporary darlings (mostly through Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba), and ties the entire presentation together with critical analyses and the occasional first-person portrait. As this is the first book on the mostly underground emo movement, writing a simple history would have sufficed. But by diving into emo's fan culture of Internet alter egos, Greenwald makes a strong argument for emo's being more than a musical classification; it's a youth movement thriving under adult radar. One quibble: Greenwald barely mentions a key point-that nearly every band associated with the genre hates the word emo. For comprehensive music collections.-Robert Morast, "Argus Leader," Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312308636
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,445,503
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Andy Greenwald is a senior contributing writer at Spin. His writing has also appeared in The Village Voice and The Washington Post, and he has made numerous appearancs on MTV, VH1, the BBC, and ABC Radio. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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