Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo

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Macmillan, 2003 - Music - 321 pages
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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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Review: Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo

User Review  - Harriet - Goodreads

Used this book for research while writing my dissertation. It's a great look at the early days of the "Emo" and other alternative youth subcultures. There are interviews with artists and fans and is ... Read full review

Review: Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo

User Review  - Harriet - Goodreads

Used this book for research while writing my dissertation. It's a great look at the early days of the "Emo" and other alternative youth subcultures. There are interviews with artists and fans and is ... Read full review

Contents

introduction
1
PART ONEEMOTIVATiONS 1 Washington d c
11
vagrant recor 2 kissing bottles and talking to angels
17
the midnineties
34
the curious case of weezer
49
who are the emo kids?
55
records
67
on tour with jimmy eat world
92
from the basement to the stadium
140
EE DASHBOARD CONFESSIONALS
171
driving on long island
173
this old wound
188
am i missing?
224
PART FOUR LOST FOUND IN DIARYLAND 14 nowhere to gogo nowhere 289
271
make yourself
284
acknowledgments
311

three labels
118
women and emo
133

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About the author (2003)

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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