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Punk Rock and Trailer Parks

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  328 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Punk Rock & Trailer Parks conjures up the oppressive insanity of growing up in a small town, the day-to-day weirdness of the trailer parks tucked away therein, the magic allure of sex and the necessary comforts of friendship, the mystical power of the counter-culture to turn outcasts into heroes and, most of all, the transcendant power of music, specifically the punk ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by SLG Publishing (first published September 29th 2008)
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David Schaafsma
Feb 07, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: alt-comics
I am interested in neither punk rock nor trailer parks, really, but this is my favorite Backderf book so far. [Okay, just for the sake of street cred, I did see the Clash with a former student, and she even took me to groups identified with punk who are as diverse as the Pogues and Scratch Acid, so there. Does this give me any credibility in writing this review? Okay, didn't think so.] I found his Dahmer book mostly creepy, and I wasn't engaged with his Trashed, but this one has his most ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 09, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
It’s the 1980s and punk’s heyday. Otto is a high school senior and a marching band nerd who lives and breathes Tolkien, lusting after the cheerleaders he’ll never have while getting beat up by the local bullies. Then one day he discovers punk at a local bar, The Bank, and Otto sees legendary performers first-hand like The Ramones and The Clash as well as lesser known artists like Klaus Nomi and Wendy O Williams. Otto’s life is about to change as punk music transforms this down-trodden ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Zane rated it it was amazing
Someone once told me that anthropologists don’t like to interview punks about their life histories, because they always change their coming of age to make it seem a bit extraordinary. Whether or not that’s true, I am a sucker for a punk coming of age story. Rejected and dejected, a teenage kid finds an aesthetic form through which to channel his or her anger, and it’s hard to go wrong. In ‘Punk Rock and Trailer Parks’, the author illustrator known only as Derf, presents us with one of these ...more
Hannah Messler
Dec 23, 2014 Hannah Messler rated it liked it
This guy's other book is terrific and i think my fondness for it carried over into this one a little, because i suspect i would not have really dug this without already thinking well of the author going in. This is kind of that classic narrative of picked on weirdo proves everyone else sucks and really he totally ruled underneath the whole time. Which is a great narrative, fine. Only not really because we have kind of heard that narrative fifty billion times at this point and our whole lives are ...more
Daniel Deller
May 22, 2013 Daniel Deller rated it it was amazing
So good! breathed it in in one sitting, no really I was standing part of the time because I was so excited. Captures the punk spirit perfectly, and the Baron is a compelling protag, a misfit-turned-hero you just want to see succeed as he kicks against the pricks. Didn't grow up in a small town myself, but I was there in that big crappy high school in the early 80's, with the jocks, the band geeks, the freaks, the mods, etc, etc. My soul was saved by The Clash and The Ramones. God bless 'em all ...more
Feb 04, 2010 Raina rated it liked it
Cool coming-of-age story for a kid in the midwest in the late 70s. He's into the punk scene when it was new. The illustration style is almost bizarre, and that makes it a little hard to take, but I love the story and the window into amerikan musical history. Includes a playlist for listening as you read. A little Napoleon Dynamite-ish, plus punk and some definite adult content.
Sep 27, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hate, punk fans
Shelves: comics
This is the funniest shit ever, a perfect blend of punk rock and Peter Bagge. Derf rules!! Long live the Baron!!
Nov 10, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: some guy friends who like comics and music.
I think I would have liked it better if I were a dude. That's not an insult, because I did enjoy the book. It just would have resonated with me more if I had a male perspective. It's definitely a book I'd recommend to others, just not for everyone.

Loved the music perspective, but the toilet humor just wasn't for me.
Drew Lerman
Nov 26, 2016 Drew Lerman rated it really liked it
The best stupid teen movie never made.
I really can't say I liked this book as much as I've liked Backderf's other books. His art was still great; it was the story that I disliked, and the character of the Baron.

I'm too young to have grown up in punk's original 1970s/80s heyday, but I grew up in a small town, and was sucked into the punk scene available to me in my late teens, was a pretentious kid who hated all the crappy modern pop punk, etc, etc, all the while complaining how no one else knew what real music was like and blah bla
Steve Chaput
Apr 17, 2010 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it
Okay, I’ll admit that this isn’t exactly one of those books that I’d normally pick up. I have been out of high school over forty years and my interest in ‘punk’ probably lasted only a couple of years during the late ‘70s. Even then I probably only had a few compilation albums or cassettes I bought, while attending college back in Connecticut. Those are long gone and I don’t even remember listening to them once I graduated. I also don’t recall ever seeing any work by the artist “Derf”, although ...more
Scott Foshee
May 31, 2013 Scott Foshee rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, art, music
Rubber City Rebels

"Punk Rock and Trailer Parks" is cartoonist Derf's semiautobiographical homage to growing up a geek in the late 1970's in Akron, Ohio. Akron, a center of the tire industry and self-proclaimed "Rubber Capital of the World" does not sound like a hotbed for the Punk Rock movement of the late 1970's, but it is the home of such prominent musical figures as Devo, The Black Keys, The Dead Boys, The Cramps, The Waitresses, and Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde. It was also home of
Sep 16, 2016 Kimi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics, adult
This fucking ruled. I love Derf's art style and all the music that appeared in this. I'm a sucker for when comics have soundtracks. Would definitely read this again.
Peter Landau
Dec 12, 2014 Peter Landau rated it really liked it
PUNK ROCK AND TRAILER PARKS made me nostalgic for the time in which I came of age (late 1970s to 1980) and a place that I’ve never been to (Akron, Ohio). But the sense of being a teenaged outsider who discovered community through the burgeoning punk rock scene is universal. Cartoonist Derf creates an autobiographical-feeling fiction true to the awkwardness of being in high school, hating everything but girls and music, that put me right back in those wonderfully horrible years. He captures the ...more
May 11, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
Derf mixes one part coming of age story, one part underdog protagonist, one part small midwest town, two parts uncensored "guy humor", another part of situational humor, and two parts of PURE PUNK ROCK. He meticulously blends all of these elements together and spouts it out through his bizarre and grotesque art style. It's surprisingly so easy to digest that you must devour it all at once. Preferably while listening to the playlist Derf provides on the title page. And according to Derf himself, ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
An interesting coming of age tale of both an eccentric young man from Ohio, and the Punk Rock movement. Our main character, or "the Baron" as he calls himself, is a Tolkien loving band nerd by day, but by night he is a legend at the local punk venue "the Bank". Derf does a great job showcasing small town Midwestern life. It's not Derf's best graphic, but "the Baron" is a wonderful character you can't help but cheer for even if he is a bit odd. A fun read for fans of punk, or just fans of Derf's ...more
David James
Jul 15, 2011 David James rated it really liked it
Oh man, this one channeled and purged some of my high school demons, the ones I thought I'd long since lost along the way.

If you grew up in the late seventies/early eighties feeling like a misfit in a small town, Derf felt your pain. And if you hated the schlock rock all your classmates listened to, then the scene where the kids take ice picks to the tires of Journey's tour bus will warm your soul.

Funny as hell, even during the tragic moments. This one captures high school like few books/movies
Amanda Conway
May 03, 2014 Amanda Conway rated it it was amazing
What a great story! I got on YouTube and made the playlist Derf designated on the inside cover to read with the book and I am so glad I did! I've never read a book where the author takes the time to make a playlist to read with it.

I can't imagine how my experience would have been without the tunes.

The playlist is still up if anybody wants to listen and read but doesn't feel like putting it together... it's really neat! Just YouTube Derf Backderf's punk rock and trailer parks, it will be there so
Jan 05, 2011 Kyle rated it it was amazing
If you like graphic novels, comix, or at all interested in the Punk & New Wave movement of the late 70's and 80's READ THIS BOOK.

Discovering Derf was easily one of my reading highlights in 2010. Immediately after I read an excerpt from this book in Great American Comics 2010 I found and purchased all of Derf's books. (My Friend Dahmer, Trashed, The City (comic strip collection).

Derf's unique often grotesque style fits perfectly with his stories of urban squalor, the trials o
Mar 24, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Fantastic! Reminded me so much of Peter Bagge's Neat Stuff/Hate comix. Totally crazy. He has a similar spaghetti body style going as well. But it's distinctive and original it just has the same loose fluid feel to it. It was cool to learn American Punk Rock scene in Akron Ohio (who knew?). Ramones and Wendy O'Williams I knew but not the others. It's funny and sad that all of the real life punk folks are ALL DEAD! The Baron was also a fantastic character with those big clobberin hands. I plan on ...more
Robbi Caldwell
Sep 09, 2013 Robbi Caldwell rated it it was amazing
Fun story, great artwork. I especially love Derf's attention to detail. For example, when we first see The Baron's bedroom, I stopped reading, and took a minute to see what books were on his bookshelf, the posters on his wall, etc. Everything fit perfectly and made me wish I, too, had been fortunate enough to have been a young adult on the edge of the Punk Rock/New Wave scene. :) Really enjoyable, quick read!
Dec 31, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
Awesome. There just aren't enough comic books that have the Ramones in them, in my opinion. And I loved The Baron's rant, "It's the damn hippies! They are the first generation in human history that refuses to give way to the next generation! So it's their music that fills the airwaves. Because they own the fucking airwaves! The bitter truth is we'll be downwind of the great cultural fart of the baby boom our whole lives!"
Matt Chic
Oct 01, 2008 Matt Chic rated it really liked it
yeah derf. harder gave me one of his prints a long time ago for chrismas. didn't know he was still around. didn't look either i suppose...

this is about a weirdo-nerd turned punk-scene-awesome-party-dude in high school. lots guest appearances from the ramones, the plasmatics, stiv bators, and more. that's pretty cool. i'd compare it to HATE a little, but i didn't ever laugh out loud with this one. still good and funny tho. recommended fer sher.
Jan 25, 2013 G. rated it it was amazing
Another classic Derf look at high school geekdom, this time the story of small town punk rock worship. Captures that magical time from the Clash to the Ramones and the search for love and horniness outside of Akron, Ohio. Funny as hell, poignant and full of meaningless meaning. Its like The Last Picture Show with Lester Bangs.
Rascal Drrmrmrr
Dec 27, 2014 Rascal Drrmrmrr rated it really liked it
A great book to stir up feelings about finally discovering the punk scene and maybe not have it be as wonderful as you thought. Band nerd to rock god back to band nerd again all to try and figure yourself out. I really liked this.
Mar 31, 2012 Dean rated it really liked it
Based on the writing alone this should be more a 3-star rated book but I really dig Derf's Mad Magazine'esque illustration and the overall tone really gives off a frenetic level of energy that really heightens the rock and roll bravura of the protag.
Aug 27, 2016 Ray rated it really liked it
This made me nostalgic as hell. I've never lived in a trailer park but I've seen my share of punk rock bands in the 80's. I lived in Cincinnati and Bogart's was the place. The Jockey Club in Newport, KY was my second home a ton of great memories. Thank you Backderf.
Feb 04, 2013 Elina rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, the characters, and the LOTR references. I had the pleasure of meeting the author when he was doing some publicity in Toronto and he's a really cool down-to-earth guy. I have enjoyed all of his work.
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This comic was discussed on The Secret Stacks, episode 14
May 13, 2013 Donogoblin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An amazing look at a forgotten and rad time in punk rock history set on the backdrop of small town high school outsiders.
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