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Tales of a Punk Rock Nothingby Abram Shalom Himelstein and Jamie Schweser
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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.
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?
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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