everybody hurts

51dul4uX5JL-_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpgeverybody hurts: an essential guide to emo culture, by leslie simon and trevor kelley

ok, short review. i’ve been amazed by how the almost-impossible-to-define music genre of emo has proliferated and splintered into dozens of even-more-impossible-to-define subsets and nuances over the past few years. and how emo has become more mainstream, and — surely — the haven of the hip white kids. let the truly mainstream have their r&b and hip-hop and top-40. emo, like it’s “alternative rock” predecessor, is in the midst of an identity crisis as it’s growing popularity is antithetical to its “we’re the forgotten” anti-conformity soul.

i admit, i’m a 44 year old dude. i am not allowed to be emo (though it is hilarious that my 13 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.

5 thoughts on “everybody hurts”

  1. just a comment.
    I went to Monterrey, Mx. a week ago.
    And i was stunned by all the emo kiddos.
    For some reason I thought that the “emo scene” was strong only in United States, but my trip over there told me otherwise. I have never ever seen so many emo kids in one place.
    I can’t even find a word to describe how i felt.
    It was just weird.

  2. Hmmmm… I agree with you on all the lists- they got old. Between the hair and band-guide lists I began to question my own emo-ness (which is a creepy thought). I was disappointed that after the first 3rd of the book it didn’t go anywhere!

    By way of observation, it seems funny to me that of all my “emo” students, not-a-one has ever heard of The Cure or The Smiths (I’m often met with responses, “The Huh?” or “The What?”). And again, I find myself on the ever-revolving door of pop culture.

  3. We’re doing the emo thing in the Gill household in North Wales. I don’t think one needs a book to understand it all. Just hang out with your kid and her friends.

  4. I don’t think one needs a book to understand it all. Just hang out with your kid and her friends

    Bad phrasing. Marko, this was meant as a general statement, but it could be easily read as me advising you on how to relate to your kid. Obviously, that would be completely unnecessary advice. I wrote it that way because my emo kid is a daughter.

    Must write more clearly in future.

  5. I don’t think one needs a book to understand it all. Just hang out with your kid and her friends.

    What a stupid comment. Just because I feel like I ‘get it’ doesn’t mean everyone else does.

    No, I haven’t been obsessing about this throughout the holidays, it just popped into my head yesterday as I was reading my nth book trying to figure out how my 9 year-old son’s brain works.

    Hanging out with is good though.

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