Saturday, April 26, 2008

Music and Literature

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I just wanted to mention two books worth checking out.

The first is Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo by Andy Greenwald.

Rolling Stone journalist, Andy Greenwald, set out to take a look at today's music scene, tracing the evolution of "emo." He examines it's predecessors of punk in the DC area, making note of bands from Sunny Day Real Estate to Jimmy Eat World. He also examines how music has become much more than sounds and words combined. Greenwald goes on to give insight from the artist's standpoint as he interviews Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional.

I read this book a few summers ago, and I definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in punk/indie/emo music. I also highly recommend it for people who are sick of people stereotyping emo. [which stands for emotive-hardcore; the genre, not a crying kid in a corner, for the record]

My second recommendation is Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield.

This one isn't really about the history of rock, but one man's memoir of music. Sheffield shares with readers the story of how he found love, loss, and peace within a series of mix tapes from his life.

It's a little romantic, a little sad, but will definitely have you realizing the impact of a simple list of songs.

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