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Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing is a story about Riot Grrrl Strippers, militant vegans, and manifesto-writing shoplifters in the DC punk scene. The story begins when Elliot Rosenberg, a Jewish kid from Wilson, Tennessee, moves to DC to chase his punk rock dreams. Elliot moves into a house full of political activists and musicians, and soon is playing in a band and dating Christa, a young punk feminist. Their stories are told entirely through documents: letters, journals, and zines which are written and published by the characters as they survive the punk rock group houses of DC and Arlington, and fight their way through a mosh pit of tight pants, loud music, and political dogma.

Synopsis:

After two sold-out, self-published runs of Tales Of A Punk Rock Nothing in two years, Abram Shalom Himelstein and Jamie Schweser are rereleasing their underground hit as the first book from Schweser's press, New Mouth from the Dirty South.

This book-length zine-cum-novel is, according to the authors, "about a Jewish kid from Tennessee who moves up to D.C. and starts hanging out with militant vegetarians, manifesto-writing shoplifters, and strippers who write feminist theory. It's got everything you could want: a chase scene, a sex scene (short and bad), plus plenty of angst-ridden critique of American society." Not to mention goofy collages, rants about cops, raves about the Minutemen and Mary McCarthy, detailed D.C. punk geography, and a title cribbed from Judy Blume: what's not to love?

Synopsis:

A novel about a young Jewish punk who moves from a small town in Tennessee to Washington DC in the early 90's. A tale of militant vegetarians, riot grrrls, and manifesto-writing shoplifters who live together, rock together, and publish zines together. The story is told through journal entries, zines, and letters.

About the Author

Abram Shalom Himelstein lives in New Orleans. Some years he is a school teacher.

Jamie Schweser lives in Iowa City where he started a community pirate radio station and runs a record label.

The authors drive around the country, selling books out of the trunk of their car. Look for them on the streets of your town.

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Cristal, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by Cristal)
Anyone can play punk rock - well not everyone can OFF tune their guitars quite so - but anyone can play it. But only geniuses like these two authors can write punk rock.
In some sense punk is about reinventing oneself and the medium of one's expression. This story is about a young boy from a small town who reinvents himself - expresses his true self - by going to the big city (Washington, DC) and immersing himself in a sociogroup with ideals/goals he shares. The brilliant insights come when he realizes that being Jewish and from a small town are as much a part of who he is as his ideals. We see real insight into the human condition where the hero wrestles with his mixed inner voices, peeling away the layers to what is truly important about us, and what defines who each of us is.

We wait for more books from these obviously talented writers. I hope their angst continues, and they produce more fodder for all of us wrestling with these essential questions of identity and self. I recommend this book to those of you who loved 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower'.
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Cristal, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by Cristal)
Anyone can play punk rock - well not everyone can OFF tune their guitars quite so - but anyone can play it. But only geniuses like these two authors can write punk rock.
In some sense punk is about reinventing oneself and the medium of one's expression. (Is Dylan the ultimate punk?) This story is about a young boy from a small town who reinvents himself - expresses his true self - by going to the big city (Washington, DC) and immersing himself in a sociogroup with ideals/goals he shares. The brilliant insights come when he realizes that being Jewish and from a small town are as much a part of who he is as his ideals. We see real insight into the human condition where the hero wrestles with his mixed inner voices, peeling away the layers to what is truly important about us, and what defines who each of us is.

We wait for more books from these obviously talented writers. I hope their angst continues, and they produce more fodder for all of us wrestling with these essential questions of identity and self. I recommend this book to those of you who loved 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower'.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780966646900
Author:
Himelstein, Abram Shalom
Author:
Schweser, Jamie
Author:
Himelstein,
Author:
Himelstein, Abram Shalom
Publisher:
New Mouth from the Dirty South
Location:
New Orleans, LA :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Young adults
Subject:
Punk culture
Subject:
Underground press publications
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Young adults - Washington (D.C.)
Subject:
Rock musicians - Washington (D.C.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
106-693
Publication Date:
December 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.28x5.28x.47 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 160 pages New Mouth from the Dirty South - English 9780966646900 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , After two sold-out, self-published runs of Tales Of A Punk Rock Nothing in two years, Abram Shalom Himelstein and Jamie Schweser are rereleasing their underground hit as the first book from Schweser's press, New Mouth from the Dirty South.

This book-length zine-cum-novel is, according to the authors, "about a Jewish kid from Tennessee who moves up to D.C. and starts hanging out with militant vegetarians, manifesto-writing shoplifters, and strippers who write feminist theory. It's got everything you could want: a chase scene, a sex scene (short and bad), plus plenty of angst-ridden critique of American society." Not to mention goofy collages, rants about cops, raves about the Minutemen and Mary McCarthy, detailed D.C. punk geography, and a title cribbed from Judy Blume: what's not to love?

"Synopsis" by , A novel about a young Jewish punk who moves from a small town in Tennessee to Washington DC in the early 90's. A tale of militant vegetarians, riot grrrls, and manifesto-writing shoplifters who live together, rock together, and publish zines together. The story is told through journal entries, zines, and letters.
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