Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture Paperback – 24 Apr 2007
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“A smart, funny and revealing book that’s pretty much a must read for kids in the scene.” (Chris Carrabba, Dashboard Confessional)
“If someone was to ask me, ‘What is emo?,’ I would hand them a copy of EVERYBODY HURTS.” (Matt Rubano, Taking Back Sunday)
“[D]estined to become a staple in any emo music lover’s book collection .” (Myspace.com)
“[T]his book is not only hilarious, but absolutely genius.” (Jason Tate, Absolutepunk.net)
“[T]he essential book for anyone who fancies themselves emo.” (Sarah "Ultragrrrl" Lewitinn, author of The iPod DJ)
About the Author
Trevor Kelley is a leading contributor for Alternative Press. His work has also appeared in Spin, NME, and Harp. His favorite emo album of the past ten years is Tell All Your Friends by Taking Back Sunday. He lives in New York.
Leslie Simon is the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. Her work has appeared in Kerrang!, Alternative Press, metromix.com, and MTV.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book often gets compared to "Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo" by Andy Greenwald. The key difference between these two "emo scene" related books are when they were published. Everybody Hurts is the newer of the two published in 2007, while Nothing Feels Good was published back in 2003. The scene has clearly evolved between this time, which is evident from reading the books.
Everybody Hurts is an entertaining read, but not as informative as Nothing Feels Good, which covers more of the emo scene's roots. It is more about the music whereas Everybody Hurts also encompasses to a greater extent the present day fashion, style, behavior, and perspectives on life that has spawned from the music scene. It more of a "how to be emo" sort of book I guess.
Obviously with this much debated scene people will pick out what they feel are innaccuracies in both books especially the newer Everybody Hurts. Even though I felt this at times the two books compliment each other well, which Amazon has recognised by offering a great bundle deal.
If your interested in the scene view sites like soEMO and get a copy of these books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.