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As lead vocalist and guitarist in the veteran California punk-rock band Pennywise, Lindberg writes and sings songs like "Fuck Authority" and "Fight Till You Die." At home with his wife and three young girls, however, he oversees play dates and washes a lot of dishes. In his first book, Lindberg explores that bizarre dichotomy to its fullest, resulting in a fast read that's part memoir, part parenting manual. Writing with wit, charm and unexpected tenderness, Lindberg plays mix-and-match with life in a punk band and life at home, using punk's DIY ethic to address the challenge of raising well-adjusted children in a world ruled by conformity. Along the way, he shares often-intimate anecdotes about parenting classes, doctors' offices, breastfeeding and sex. Lindberg gains readers' trust early by refusing to sugarcoat parenthood, though he strives a bit too hard to prove he's still a punk rocker at heart. Also distracting-and potentially off-putting-is his odd way of referring to his children-not by name, but by birth order ("Daughter number one," etc.). Despite minor flaws, this colorful, captivating title deserves a large audience of adults looking to raise good kids without losing sight of their youthful passions. Photos.
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“The irony of Jim’s early punk rock rebellion makes this book a very funny and revealing read.” (Mike McCready, Pearl Jam)

“Jim Lindberg is proof positive that childrearing can take the most recalcitrant punk and catapult him in to adulthood. (Dr. Drew)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061148750
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave J. Fruehe on May 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had tons of expectations about this book. I was wrong to think I would gain great insight into Pennywise after reading it. I was pretty sure Fletcher puked on people already. What I DID learn though was much more interesting. As different as we all think we may be, having a kid pretty much evens everything up. When Jim realizes he's not all that different from the South Bay millionaire in dockers on a play date, the message really takes hold. The advice he offers on child rearing is honest and straight forward and devoid of new age thought crime. He takes his miss steps with a grain of salt, is humble when he manages to apparently do the right thing, and keeps it real. There are a lot of confusing messages in the child rearing advice world. Jim gets you back to common sense. Some day we'll all work for Daughter #1!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By faerie on June 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for us 30 or 40-somethings who secretly (or not so secretly) rage against fitting into the PTA/suburbia parenting mold but still end up there by accident and happenstance. If you wonder some days what happened to your mohawk and "screw the establishment" values as you scramble around like an idiot looking for your 7-year-olds fluffy, pink hair bows, you will totally get this book. Laugh out loud funny and honest, I would recommend this book to any punker, ex-punker or closet rebel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mama of Twins on December 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this for my husband's birthday when we found out we were 6 weeks pregnant. I was looking for a parenting book that was not all caveman-ish and more enlightened dad and I glanced at this book and bought it and LOVED it! He read it in one weekend and then gave it to me, and then I read it in one weekend. We read it again when we found out we were having twins, as he talks about jealousy between sibs and balancing kids' personalities. Now that we're closer to the end and suspect we're having girls, we just re-read it again! I've never been a punk-rocker, and never heard of Pennywise, but my husband loves that type of music. I do think that if you're not a punk rocker kind of person you'll still enjoy the stories. It's all warm stories about learning he's going to be a dad, the pregnancy freakout, the birth from the guy's side, and then the stories about infanthood through kindergarden. It's not preachy at all and more of "this is what I did, learn from my mistakes" kind of book, which I really love. (Particularly his first night home alone with his daughter, and the time he had to change the baby out and didn't have any baby wipes!)

I will say however, if you are giving this as a gift, it's not for the right-wing conservative, NRA card carrying, or redneck husband/father. He will absolutely not appreciate it, and I suspect the bad reviews are from those kind of guys who are more of a hands-off type of dad. However, if your hubby is a left-leaning or mainstream kind of guy who is concerned about not becoming his father, taking an active role in his kids' lives and wanting the world to be a better place for the next generation, this is your book.

I really really hope he comes out with another book in a few years time when the girls are older. I'm so curious to see how he handles the school-aged years, especially middle school and high school. I would buy that book in a second!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book about a month ago, and read it in no time. It was the funniest, most honest book about parenting, growing up (or not wanting to), life in general, etc...i've read in a long time, and also very touching.

From mosh pits, to bottles, breast pumps, diapers, mini van, and Warped tour and PTA meetings...It's got something for everyone.

Jim Lindberg is very good at describing situations, and you can picture him going through all the drama, ups and downs of life and yet feel the inconditional love he has for his family.

All the incertainty of being a So-Cal Punk Rock guy, staying true to your beliefs, while raising 3's all in there.

I hope he writes another book, i truly enjoyed his writing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. W. DeFore on February 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
My Fiance bought me this book for Christmas and I just finished it. The first thing I would note about it - is that it made me feel old. I thought I was still cool listening to Bad Religion - NOFX - and yes - Pennywise. But as Jim points out - these are groups of a now older generation (which is something I was already feeling from going to last years Warped Tour, I felt ancient with all those kids running around and the fact that my Fiance and I would seek shade in-between sets and left it to the kiddies after BR played). However (as already noted by others), it was a great read for us older punkers. I have a son from a previous marriage and he is now five. I too have felt that I was doing wrong by laying a ton of rules on him - but they are needed - like it or not. I also wondered if I was a bad parent for putting a Ramones-T on him and playing punk in the car when we travel. Is Blitzkrieg Bop a better alternative to Kid's Bop? God I hoped so. But it was good to hear another parent state that they do the same thing. It made me even prouder to know that my son will walk through a mall singing, "Hey, little girl I wanna be your boyfriend." (and Jim if you check these opinions, he also is known to belt out the 'whoa-whoa-whoa' part of Bro Hymn). All in all - I enjoyed the book. I only gave it a four stars because the writing could have been a little better - but as far as content - WONDERFUL! It is a book I would recommend to all graying punkers with children. In fact, I am sending my copy on to my nephew whose wife is expecting soon...
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