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Over the past decade, readers have learned to count on Barrelhouse to publish inventive, irreverent essays by authors exploring the ways their lives have been shaped by their pop culture obsessions. BRING THE NOISE is a collection of the magazine’s greatest hits, plus five new pieces produced exclusively for this anthology. Inside, a roster of accomplished and respected au ...more
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Published March 2013 by Barrelhouse Books

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Lee Klein
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have an essay in here about Barry Bonds, steroids, and the USA of yore (circa 2005). Nic Brown has a short, sober, admirably straightforward revelation about drumming in a popular touring rock band that's worth the cover price alone. The good/bad continuum by Joe Oestreich is genius (range = "total shit" to "totally the shit"). Goodreads' own Patrick Brown has an excellent bit in here about The Hills. (Did I at first forget to mention the Magnum PI piece by Steve Kistulentz? I did!) Pretty muc ...more
Chad
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is probably the best NF anthology ever to feature something I've written.
Jason Jordan
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
My favorites are Sarah Sweeney's "Before Adrian Grenier Got Famous," Patrick Brown's "This Is Not Their Job: The Never-Ending Reality of The Hills," and Joe Oestreich's "This Essay Doesn't Rock." All the others are good too, though.
Tom
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is probably the best NF anthology I've ever edited.
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pop-culture
Bring the Noise was a really fun collection to read through, definitely worth reading.
Brendan O'Meara
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of essays about the stupid things we love. Lots of fun to read. I spoke with the editor of the book here: http://brendanomeara.com/?p=625 ...more
Steve Kistulentz
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Full disclosure: my essay on Magnum, PI is in here. So yes, this is one of the best nonfiction anthologies of the year. It's one of the best anthologies I've ever been in.

But in the meantime, I think each piece in here asks you to reconsider something familiar. That's something we don't like to do very often in our culture, but we should. And Tom McAllister's choices--taken from the pages of Barrelhouse--grab us by the back of the neck and ask us, sometimes rather pointedly, to think about the
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Michael B Tager
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pop culture is important because people think it's important. A bit recursive, but that's ok. Some of the essays in this book really get at why pop culture means anything. Sarah Sweeney's essay about Adrian Grenier, Tom Williams's piece about Thin Lizzy and others broke my face a bit.
Nathan Holic
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll be using this book the next time I teach my Personal Essay course. A lot of fun, and one of those rare anthologies that delivers 100% on what it promises.
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Tom McAllister is the author of the novels "How to Be Safe" and "The Young Widower's Handbook," as well as the memoir "Bury Me in My Jersey." He is the non-fiction editor of Barrelhouse magazine and the co-host of the weekly Book Fight! podcast. His shorter work has appeared in a number of places, including Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Collagist, Hobart, The Rumpus, and The Millions. He ...more

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