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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604860510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604860511
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the greatest reason I am still committed to [straight edge, also known as sXe] is an unfailing belief that sXe is more than music, that it can be a force of change. I believe in the power of sXe as a bridge to social change, as an opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world."  —Ross Haenfler, professor of sociology, University of Mississippi, and author, Straight Edge: Clean-Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, And Social Change


"An 'ecstatic sobriety' which combats the dreariness of one and the bleariness of the other—false pleasure and false discretion alike—is analogous to the anarchism that confronts both the false freedom offered by capitalism and the false community offered by communism."  —CrimethInc. Ex-Workers' Collective


"Less 'get pissed, destroy', more 'use your brain, change the world'. And it's for all ages, too."  —Classic Rock Magazine



"Kuhn's book can be credited as the first deeply international account of straight edge and perhaps the first to draw from the voices of women and queer folks as central (rather than ornamental) to the subject's history." —www.UppingTheAnti.org

About the Author

Gabriel Kuhn is the author of Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy and Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By xACx on July 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sober living for the Revolution is an awesome book, more than just the usual war stories and pictures book. The only drawback is when some of the authors/essayists get too out there with the wordplay, meaning yes it's good to have a diverse vocabulary but some of us aren't as familiar with the classics as others, ya know? I'm a pretty well read guy but some of the writings were tough to get through. Over all though a must-read for anyone who thinks Straight Edge should be more than just merch sales and finger pointing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on May 16, 2012
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In almost every oppressed community, whether you're talking about a gay ghetto, a Native American reservation, a white trailer park community, a black inner-city neighborhood, or a Chicano barrio, you will find problems with substance abuse, as drugs and alcohol are effective weapons used by the ruling-class to depoliticize the poor and to neutralize popular dissent. Obviously, if you are drunk or stoned, you are in no condition to fight the system. As such, if you are serious about making revolutionary social change, it only makes sense to become straight-edge. Besides, if you're opposed to multinational corporations that endanger public health and destroy the environment, how can you justify supporting alcohol and tobacco companies, not to mention the illicit drug trade which is responsible for so much suffering in Latin America and around the world? Just look at the drug wars in Mexico and Colombia. Written by straight-edge anarchists, "Sober Living For The Revolution" is a brilliant anthology which explains why sobriety is necessary for our collective liberation. As a feminist and queer, I especially enjoyed the essays discussing straight-edge feminism and the queer-edge movement. Unlike so many books on the straight-edge subculture, this anthology thankfully does not include any Christian fundamentalist or Hare Krishna nonsense, as it is geared entirely toward a secular, radical left, straight-edge audience. My favorite book on the straight-edge movement, I encourage every activist to read and discuss it and to choose sobriety for the revolution!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe V on January 7, 2011
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When I first bought this book, I expected it to be a history of straight edge written by one author. Instead, I received a collection of interviews and essays from characters within the straight edge scene. I'm not complaining, only describing what you can expect if you purchase this book.

The book is divided into five sections: bands, scenes, manifestos, reflections, and perspectives. The author makes an explicit effort to focus on the international straight edge scenes in places such as Sweden, Israel, and Brazil. The interview with Ian MacKaye was interesting partly because he is such as well spoken and articulate guy. Then, near the end, Kuhn includes a series of essays and interviews covering the feminist and queer straight edge scenes, which I thought was a little bit off the beaten path but interesting nonetheless.

Joe
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