What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk

December 2, 2014

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At long last, Cometbus has some competition in the punk writing realm. -Dakota Floyd, The Wild (in a review of Reckless Chants #19)


[Rust Belt Jessie is] my favorite Zine Chronicler of the Current True-Life Punk Rock Experience -Adam Gnade, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad


I'm (Rust Belt) Jessie Lynn McMains, fka Jessica Disobedience (and about ten other pen names/stage names/punk rock names). I've been making zines and writing about punk for 20 years, now, and I think it's about time I publish a book.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk is a collection of some of my writings about punk - both non-fiction and fiction - spanning nearly fifteen years. It’s a look at my little corner of the punk scene, and everything punk has meant to me. From love affairs to getting wasted, from self-destruction to survival, from the death of old friends and heroes to hearing that one perfect song, from wanting to quit punk to realizing I never can - it’s all in here.


I’m not a punk band, and this isn’t a record, but you could consider these my songs. These are the songs where I make fun of punk, and the songs where I eulogize it. These are my anthems.

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