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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061195391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061195396
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For those who equate "emo" with lonely, malnourished rock bands, Alternative Press vets Simon and Kelley provide a vivisection of this deceptively large slice of the American pop culture pie: "it's a state of mind...a place for people who don't fit in-but who long to fit in with other people who don't fit in." With casual prose and unflagging energy, the authors look at a laundry list of emo affairs: fashion, internet, film, literature and music among them. Simon and Kelley know the territory inside and out, profiling ten emo types ("Trustafarian," "Christian," "Ex-Hardcore"), "emo ancestors" (including Emily Dickinson and Cameron Crowe), a detailed timeline and a comparative " 'Emo' vs. 'So Not Emo' " list-and that's just the first chapter. Unexpected resources and sarcastic swipes abound: record store recommendations segue into clever, cutting guidelines for naming your band. Readers will be reminded of Robert Lanham's The Hipster Handbook (right down to Rob Dobi's detailed, comic-realist illustrations), but like that title, Simon and Kelley's may not appeal to its subjects (emo fans read books primarily "to brag about them in social situations"). On the other hand, would-be scenesters will pick up plenty of tips-though there's a significant possibility that the info here will be dated in six months.
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From Booklist

Simon and Kelley describe emo culture slyly in this perky lifestyle guide. Basically, emo is music made by "a bunch of guys barely out of high school" who are concerned "with decidedly high school problems" (heartbreak, friendship, etc.) more than with "approachable hooks." Growing out of and away from increasingly insular punk rock, emo sets lyrics that are very often introspective and achey. Self-centered, whiny songs and introspective posing have been part of rock from the beginning (e.g., "Tell Laura I Love Her," Jim Morrison's tortured-artist act), but with emo they are the center of a packaged subculture pitched to "the preppiest of preps" being "punkish," "lacrosse jocks" who sing along to "weepy acoustic anthems," and "Long Island dudes" who "keep journals, cry in front of girls, and write the word art with a capital A." Simon and Kelley list movies, songs, fashions, and even eating habits to reveal what is and isn't emo. There's a hint of satire in all this, which seems right, given the arch irony of the emo mind-set. Mike Tribby
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More About the Author

Leslie Simon lives in Los Angeles, isn't a fan of hot weather, and loves her parents, "Gilmore Girls" and French bulldog puppies. She's the author of "Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Taking Over The World," "Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide To Your Favorite Music Scenes" and co-author of "Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture." She is currently the Senior Creative Director at Warner Bros. Records.

Customer Reviews

I've been wanting to get this book for awhile and when I finally did, I couldn't put it down!
C. Elliott
Perhaps the authors should have done a bit more historical research before they wrote their book--or at least before they outlined their 'emo types'.
Hedonist
If you're fascinated by all things "Emo" - I would have to say this would have to be the book for you.
H. Rule

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Oestreicher on May 27, 2008
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ok, short review. i've been amazed by how the almost-impossible-to-define music genre of emo has proliferated and splintered into dozens of even-more-impossible-to-define subsets and nuances over the past few years. and how emo has become more mainstream, and -- surely -- the haven of the hip white kids. let the truly mainstream have their r&b and hip-hop and top-40. emo, like it's "alternative rock" predecessor, is in the midst of an identity crisis as it's growing popularity is antithetical to its "we're the forgotten" anti-conformity soul.

i admit, i'm a 45 year old dude. i am not allowed to be emo (though it is hilarious that my 14 year-old daughter has recently moved beyond her hip-hop and r&b only musical tastes and raided most of the emo from my itunes, causing a shudder in the generation gap of our household).

i bought this book because i wanted to understand more, and because i thought it looked like fun. and in some ways it provided both. in other ways, it was just too self-effacing and "i'm more hip than you because i make fun of the very affinity group i am part of". a few insights; too many lists of "the right record stores", "the right clothing stores" and such. worth a skim if you're interested in the subject; but not a high recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Bickel on May 5, 2009
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This really is the perfect book for anyone looking to know a little more about what it means "to be emo" but its even better for people who already know the scene and just want a good chuckle. The book is a perfect blend of information and comedy, making a nice satirical music book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Morgan on July 29, 2008
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I finished this book in 3-4 hours. Totally hilarious! It had me cracking up every couple of pages, and I totally agree with the thing about wearing belts so that the buckle is on the side, rather than the front of your pants. AWESOME!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Rule on July 2, 2007
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This would have to be my favourite book of the year!
Never have I come across a book that describes a pop-culture scene so brutally honest, and with such sarcastic-humour, as this one does.
Now I would have to call myself "old" when relating to this scene. (I'm 26) - but that doesn't make me any less of a scenester to comment on it.
(I mean according to the "Adult Emo" quiz at the back, I still have some Fall Out Boy shows up my sleeve before I "retire"). If you're fascinated by all things "Emo" - I would have to say this would have to be the book for you. I think it also would be a great book to explain to your parents about - just so they won't freak out about your overusage of MySpace & tortured-teen-angst poetry lying around the lounge room.

If you are a parent, and trying to decide which scene your suddenly-rebellious teenager fits into - Emo or Goth. Read Volitaire's "What is Goth?" - another funny and spot on satire of the scene.

....anyway, enough of my ramblings...
To sum up: Buy it. It's good. The End.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Weinberger on April 21, 2008
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Really enjoyed the sarcasm and helpful hints offered. A must have for a modern day music lover! I enjoyed it from cover to cover including the illustrations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Elliott on August 13, 2007
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I've been wanting to get this book for awhile and when I finally did, I couldn't put it down! The material is extremely fun and witty! All in all, a reader will probably only appreciate the content of this book if they can actually relate to the "emo scene" in some manner (i.e music, clothing, etc.) For someone who has a very vague idea of what "emo" is, this is the perfect guide to clarifying any and all questions one may have about this so called culture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Dell on July 18, 2007
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I highly recommend this book. Its a good read for anyone who has, or is currently in their local scene or music group. It is very informative and gives a good perspective on life in and out of the scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Somebody on August 31, 2010
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It's a funny book, and a good read if you've got some spare time, but it's so cliche. Overall it's pretty witty and amusing, but there are some parts that, if you're even remotely aware of the scene today, are obvious and unnecessary. I'd be more specific but I gave my copy away (I don't reread). It was a good waste of time, though, and I got a few kicks out of it. It's excellent light reading, and you can come back to it whenever because there's no plot (as there is in a novel). I enjoyed it, and I'd recommend it to others, but it's sort of a back-burner book, that can be put off. Not a must-read.
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