My So-Called Punk Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Distillers, Bad Religion---How Neo-Punk Stage-Dived into the Mainstream

Matt Diehl

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

272 Pages



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When it began, punk was an underground revolution that raged against the mainstream; now punk has become the mainstream. Tracing the origins of Grammy-winning icons Green Day and the triumphant resurgence of neo-punk legends Bad Religion through MTV’s embrace of pop-punk bands like Yellowcard, music journalist Matt Diehl explores the history of new punk, exposing how this once cult sound became a blockbuster commercial phenomenon. Diehl follows the history and controversy behind neo-punk—from the Offspring's move from a respected indie label to a major, to multi-platinum bands Good Charlotte and Simple Plan's unrepentant commercial success, through the survival of genre iconoclasts the Distillers and the rise of “emo” superstars like Fall Out Boy. My So-Called Punk picks up where bestselling authors Legs McNeil and Jon Savage left off, conveying how punk went from the Sex Pistol’s “Anarchy in the U.K.” to anarchy in the O.C. via the Warped Tour. Defining the sound of today's punk, telling the stories behind the bands that have brought it to the masses and discussing the volatile tension between the culture’s old and new factions, My So-Called Punk is the go-to book for a new generation of punk rock fans.


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Chapter One A Brief History of Punk . . . But First, Green Day Wins a Grammy! It makes me extremely proud to make punk rock the biggest music in the world right now. --Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt,  quoted in a September 21, 2005,  article in the East Bay Express In 2005, Green Day won the Grammy award for "Best Rock Album" for their 2004 release American Idiot. In fact, American Idiot wasn't the band's first Grammy--Green Day received the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance, too. But Green Day's triumph at the 2005 ceremony felt . . . different. For
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  • Matt Diehl

  • Matt Diehl is a music journalist.  His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, VIBE, Spin, Blender and many other publications.  He served as the music columnist for Elle for four years and now serves as a contributing music editor at Interview.  He has appeared as a music expert on MTV and was co-producer of the acclaimed five-part television series on VH1, The ‘70’s.  His books include No-Fall Snowboarding and Notorious C.O.P.