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The first compilation of the riveting and provocative interviews of Punk Planet magazine, founded in 1994 and charging unbowed into the new millennium. Never lapsing into hapless nostalgia, these conversations with figures as diverse as Jello Biafra, Kathleen Hanna, Noam Chomsky, Henry Rollins, Sleater-Kinney, Ian MacKaye, and many more provide a unique perspective into American punk rock and all that it has inspired (and confounded). Not limited to conversations with musicians, the book includes vital interviews with political organizers, punk entrepreneurs, designers, film-makers, writers, illustrators, and artists of many different media. Punk Planet has consistently explored the crossover of punk with activism, and reflects the currents of the underground while simultaneously challenging the bleak centerism of today's popular American culture.
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About the Author
Daniel Sinker has been the editor and publisher of Punk Planet magazine for 12 years. He was the editor of 2001's We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the collected interviews, and the founding editor of the Punk Planet Books line. He is an adjunct faculty member in the journalism department at Columbia College, Chicago.
Read an Excerpt
Sleater-Kinney�s Carrie Brownstein takes a breath before she whispers, �Can�t take this away from me / Music is the air I breathe,� from the song �Words + Guitar,� off of the band�s critically acclaimed album, Dig Me Out. Brownstein�s bandmate Corin Tucker answers right back in her trademark roar: �Take take the noise in my head / Take take the noise in my head, c�mon and turn it up.� The packed crowd in Chicago�s Metro eats it up dancing, jumping up and down, singing the chorus along with the two women on stage.
Every time I�ve seen Sleater-Kinney from when they played tiny clubs to even tinier crowds, to tonight, when they�re playing a one-thousand-plus-capacity club that is completely sold out the crowd reaction has been the same. There�s something about the band�s potent mix of danceable beats, contrasting vocals, and dueling guitars (in the best sense of the term) that electrifies their audience.
However, when Sleater-Kinney released their third album, Dig Me Out, on Kill Rock Stars in 1997, the band didn�t just electrify their fans, but critics as well. Seemingly overnight, the band had transformed from being well-loved in the underground to total press darlings and the crowds began to grow as a result.
It made for some uncomfortable moments clubs full of people who had never heard the band, while Sleater-Kinney diehards were stuck outside without tickets but the band pressed through.
It was two years before the band�s follow-up to Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock was released. Critics again embraced the album and fawned over the band. However, I felt that the album didn�t live up to the potential that Dig Me Out promised. It seemed that Sleater-Kinney had gotten stage fright, due to the ten thousand-watt spotlight the mainstream media shined on them, and chose to stay the course.
When the band released All Hands on the Bad One in 2000, however, all trepidation had disappeared, and the band looked to be back on course to conquer the hearts and minds of their doting punk-rock fans.
But that was all yet to come when this interview was taped in a cramped backstage room at Chicago�s Metro on the eve of the release of The Hot Rock. I had a chance to sit down with Corin, Carrie, and drummer Janet Weiss and talk with them about their overnight notoriety, their past, and their future.
Table of Contents
|Partners in Crime: Punk's Trailblazers|
|The Spotlight of the Sun: Dealing with Success|
|An Artist's Eye and a Killer's Touch: Art & Design|
|Away from the Numbers: Breaking the Mold|
|In Her Kiss, I Taste the Revolution: Punk & Politics|
|Nothing Left Inside: The Failures of Punk|
What People are Saying About This
Punk Planet is indispensable reading for anyone and everyone who is
interested in vital music that has yet to be co-opted, commodified, or
covered to death in the mainstream press. Passionate music writing for the
(Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times, author of Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs)