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Title:
Hardcore anxiety : a graphic guide to punk rock and mental health
ISBN:
9781621067672
Physical Description:
192 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Punk rock and mental health have been intertwined since the very beginning. Nervous breakdowns, anxiety, seeking acceptance, attempting to overcome internalized demons, and reacting to harmful and oppressive systems -- punk rock embodies and emboldens all our feelings and experiences, positive and negative. Hardcore Anxiety charts and tracks punk movements from the '70s till today, from small towns to stadiums, from the struggles in our heads to the people actively harming us in our communities. Told from the point of view of a young man discovering punk and working through mental illness in Evansville, Indiana, this stunning nonfiction graphic novel gives punks the most important advice of all: 'You aren't alone. You're going to make it through alive.' --
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Nervous breakdowns, anxiety, seeking acceptance, attempting to overcome internalised demons, and reacting to harmful and oppressive systems - punk rock embodies and emboldens all our feelings and experiences, positive and negative. Hardcore Anxiety charts and tracks punk movements from the 70s till today, from small towns to stadiums, from the struggles in our heads to the people actively harming us in our communities. Told from the point of view of a young man discovering punk and working through mental illness in Evansville, Indiana, this stunning nonfiction graphic novel gives punks the most important advice of all 'You aren't alone. You're going to make it through alive.'


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A throwback to alternative comics of the 1990s, this self-conscious autobiographical narrative positions Chancellor's depression as a lens to examine how punk rock bands used their music to express their own members' mental health struggles. Reid is looking for a place to belong in the early 2000s, but even as he becomes entrenched in the hardcore punk scene, he feels like an imposter. Reid's desperate need to fit in is not definitively unpacked; he reveals that he "was dealing with a lot of self esteem issues," and, as he gets older, reports his disordered mood "was beginning to take over" as he descends into self-harm. Profiles of bands, including Black Flag, the Clash, and the Ramones, are interspersed into his story but lack organization. Punk's do-it-yourself ethos is fully realized in the black-and-white art, which has a rough immediacy but sometimes sinks into sloppiness. The subtitle is perhaps misleading; this very personal work is not a "guide" so much as a raw, intimate glimpse into one punk fan's troubled mind. (Sept.)