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  1. Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO
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  2. Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO

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Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo tells the story of a cultural moment that's happening right now-the nexus point where teen culture, music, and the web converge to create something new.

While shallow celebrities dominate the headlines, pundits bemoan the death of the music industry, and the government decries teenagers for their morals (or lack thereof) earnest, heartfelt bands like Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, and Thursday are quietly selling hundreds of thousands of albums through dedication, relentless touring and respect for their fans. This relationship - between young people and the empathetic music that sets them off down a road of self-discovery and self-definition - is emo, a much-maligned, mocked, and misunderstood term that has existed for nearly two decades, but has flourished only recently. In Nothing Feels Good, Andy Greenwald makes the case for emo as more than a genre - it's an essential rite of teenagehood. From the '80s to the '00s, from the basement to the stadium, from tour buses to chat rooms, and from the diary to the computer screen, Nothing Feels Good narrates the story of emo from the inside out and explores the way this movement is taking shape in real time and with real hearts on the line. Nothing Feels Good is the first book to explore this exciting moment in music history and Greenwald has been given unprecedented access to the bands and to their fans. He captures a place in time and a moment on the stage in a way only a true music fan can.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

As a writer myself, and one often accused of being too obscure with his musical references, I had no choice but to enter NOTHING FEELS GOOD with a bit of an open mind, knowing that Andy Greenwald faced a challenge with me and that I had to extend him the same courtesy I would want extended to me. Greenwald was writing about bands I couldn't care less about, and some I openly hate. I didn't own a single record by any of the groups featured. He had a tough job ahead of him.
So, it's a real testament to Greenwald's abilities as a writer that I was completely sucked in. A foreknowledge of bands like Jawbreaker or Thursday is not required, because Greenwald is going to explain them to you. He is going to tell you what the music is like and contextualize it, put it in a framework that will hip you to why these bands have so many devoted fans. Sure, you can hem and haw about the name "emo"--but the author does too. It's a term for a subculture that doesn't want to be tagged or codified,... Read more
I found Nothing Feels Good on a rainy day last June, wandering around a Barnes and Noble in suburban Maryland looking for a friend's birthday present. My friend likes swing music, so I bought it for myself instead, deciding I needed to "try something new" - even though at the time I despised emo, equating it with depressed teenagers whining about their pissant little problems.

I'm not too familiar with Andy Greenwald, but he must be a good writer if he could convince me to give emo - and Dashboard Confessional, which until then I absolutely hated - a second chance. By the end of that summer, my friends declared that "the emo book" had sucked me in, and maybe it did. For me, Nothing Feels Good, which includes a number of interviews Greenwald has with self-styled teenage "emo kids" helped me to feel a little more comfortable with myself and introduced me to a lot of music I otherwise wouldn't have learned about. (I even sang "Hands Down" by Dashboard for a show at my school... Read more
Andy Greenwald's "Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers and Emo" is a fascinating journalistic investigation into the hard-to-define musical genre "emo." Chronicling the growth of the musical movement from its birth in the early 80s until 2003 when the book was published, Greenwald has composed a piece of rock journalism similar in style to the works of Chuck Klosterman or even the later works of Lester Bangs.

Greenwald has a fascination with misery, as sadness is a quintessential part of the emo definition. Greenwald fleshes out the main idea of emo as punk-rock based music made as an artist's catharsis that teenagers latch onto and associate emotionally with.

To make sure the reader gets the point, Greenwald dedicates almost a third of the book to the most depressing of all emo acts, Dashboard Confessional. The nearly reverential tone that he uses in describing the de facto leader of the movement emphasizes the main point of this book: music, emotion and... Read more
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