“Sells Like Teen Spirit combines a fascinating ethnography of San Diego’s punk subculture with a profound rumination on the exhaustion of social movements and the emptiness of consumer culture in our society. Moore helps us see how large changes in economics and social relations manifest themselves in seemingly small sites and practices in our everyday lives.”
“Moore’s strength is his obvious admiration for the bands and genres he highlights. He is a first-class music journalist and historian and when he delves into a particular subculture like the “econo” ethos of the Minutemen, the Dickies use of “snortcore” or Minor Threat’s creation of straightedge, the reader is richly rewarded.
“Moore’s deeply personal take on the historical significance of heavy metal is also a refreshing addition to the independent music canon.”
“With endearing authenticity and proper reverence, Moore skillfully articulates the brutal social truths that compel young people to create meaning and subculture out of chaos and anomie. Somewhere, Walter Benjamin and the Ramones are slamming through another brilliant set shouting, ‘Hey ho, let’s go!!’ ”
-Donna Gaines,author of A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart
"Moore successfully positions the culture of white working-class and middle-class youths alongside that of working-class African Americans within the political economy of deindustrialization."-Eileen Luhr,Southern California Quarterly
About the Author
Ryan Moore is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University.