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Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture Paperback – April 24, 2007
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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.
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!!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank it felt like a powerpoint presentation of things that perhaps should be funny, but just checking for your reaction. Would not recommend, as funny as emo is.Published on February 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
'excellent book' - I wish everybody could read this book....... and I mean everybody !
It is a descriptive book, cuts deep, and opened my mind where it was closed before.
I was entertained at parts but all the "facts" are completely skew. It seemed to be more of a mockery towards what emo actually is. Ultimately, I was disappointed.Published on January 19, 2011
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... Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Somebody
I bought this book for my kids and ended up reading it after they set it down. LMAO! As a parent, I didn't get it before. Now I wish I didn't, but I still laughed. A fun book!Published on September 27, 2009 by Early Bird
Ok so i read this book out of curiousity and found it completely uninformitive this is a book of assumptions and inacurate facts. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Brandon R. Carson
This is my mom's account. I am her fifteen year old daughter who attends public school with a bunch brainless, consumer, unoriginal 'emos' who all tend to look and act like one... Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Ana Gutierrez