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My So-Called Punk: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Distillers, Bad…

by Matt Diehl

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Shorter Matt Diehl: "Brody Dalle of the Distillers is like Ghandi, MLK and Jesus. God, I wanna bone her." (And I say this as a person who likes The Distillers and thinks Brody's very cool!) Also, why are the Distillers anywhere in this book at all? While they did go from punk to alt-rock, how on Earth could they be considered pop-punk?

This book has a great premise. Unfortunately, it's badly organized, has some really florid writing and only interviews a small number of people. There could be a great book out there on pop-punk and its mainstreaming, but this isn't it. Still, check it out for yourself; you might feel differently. ( )
  thedefinitefraggle | May 6, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312337817, Paperback)

     When it began, punk was an underground revolution that raged against the mainstream; now punk is the mainstream. Tracing the origins of Grammy-winning icons Green Day and the triumphant resurgence of neo-punk legends Bad Religion through MTV's embrace of pop-punk bands like Yellowcard, music journalist Matt Diehl explores the history of new punk, exposing how this once cult sound became a blockbuster commercial phenomenon. Diehl follows the history and controversy behind neo-punk--from the Offspring's move from a respected indie label to a major, to multi-platinum bands Good Charlotte and Simple Plan's unrepentant commercial success, through the survival of genre iconoclasts the Distillers and the rise of "emo" superstars like Fall Out Boy.
     My So-Called Punk picks up where bestselling authors Legs McNeil and Jon Savage left off, conveying how punk went from the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the U.K." to anarchy in the O.C. via the Warped Tour. Defining the sound of today's punk, telling the stories behind the bands that have brought it to the masses and discussing the volatile tension between the culture's old and new factions, My So-Called Punk is the go-to book for a new generation of punk rock fans.

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A definitive portrait of the punk pop band phenomenon describes The Distillers rise to success in the world of modern music and their controversial influence on and role in the modern rock revolution, in a study complemented by photographs and exclusive interviews with members of the band. Original. 15,000 first printing.… (more)

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