My So-Called Punk: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Distillers, Bad Religion---How Neo-Punk Stage-Dived Into the Mainstream

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Macmillan, Apr 17, 2007 - Music - 262 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

My So-Called Punk: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Distillers, Bad Religion---How Neo-Punk Stage-Dived into the Mainstream

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"This ain't your daddy's punk," this book's cover seems to scream when, in fact, "neopunk" is arguably a good deal safer (and more corporate) than dear ole Pap. Music journalist Diehl (cowriter ... Read full review


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What Is Punk? 29
1994The Year Punk Really Broke 39
The Rise and Fall and Rise
The Punk Remains the Same?
Politics Gender Class and Race
Punks Not Dead Or Is It? Can the Flowers in the Dustbin

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Matt Diehl is a music journalist. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, VIBE, Spin, Blender and many other publications. He served as the music columnist for Elle for four years and now serves as a contributing music editor at Interview. He has appeared as a music expert on MTV and was co-producer of the acclaimed five-part television series on VH1, The ‘70's. His books include No-Fall Snowboarding and Notorious C.O.P..

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