Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics
Examining the multigenerational impact of punk rock music, this international survey of the political-punk straight edge movementwhich has persisted as a drug-free, hardcore subculture for more than 25 yearstraces its history from 1980s Washington, DC, to today. Asserting that drugs are not necessarily rebellious and that not all rebels do them, the record also defies comm...more
Fast forward a couple of decades and I had a flick through this book while rabbit-sitting (yes, you ...more
The essays included throughout varied quite a bit, with some being a complete snooze and others being gripping and insistent (although the reflections on even the boring ones were still very interesting).
Getting a variety of perspectives on hardcore, straight edge and politics is quite illuminating, and the book does a good job o ...more
On the bizarre side, Andy Hurley's piece was strange as he seemed to be arguing against engaging with maths and science at one point.
In contrast, 'The Shape of Punk to Come' has a vitality that makes it worth a read. 'The Antifa Straight Edge' by XsaraqaelX is also worth your time.
'Towards a Less...' by Nick Riotfag is by far the best piece in the book. Everyone will get something out of it.
Another thing I liked is how it covers something else than the violent male dominated part of the scene. Definitely worth reading and complementary to Ross Haenflers Straight Edge.
Radical opinions and a very diverse look at the punk/hardcore/vegan straight edge scene.
I've never taken any part in the straight edge movement, but this was an interesting read. I'd recommend SOBER LIVING FOR THE REVOLUTION for everyone.