It was, oh, two and a half years ago now, that we heard last from Dallasite Eric Grubbs about that status of his book Post: An Anthology of American Post-Hardcore, 1985-2007.
Well, now comes this news: Grubbs, who spends the bulk of his time broadcasting area traffic reports for a couple radio stations around town, has finally finished--and published--Post, a full four-and-a-half years after he started writing it in March of 2004.
"Why it took so long to come out was for various reasons," Grubbs says. "Lots of research, finding all the people I could for interviews, and editing. It was like graduate school, but a fun kind of graduate school program."
The emo-centric tome, takes a surprisingly serious look at a genre most audiophiles scoff at, breaking down its chapters by focusing on the legacies of various labels and influential genre acts: Dischord Records, Jawbox, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Braid, The Promise Ring, Hot Water Music, The Get Up Kids, At the Drive-In, Jimmy Eat World.
"Each chapter focuses more on the band members rather than the music itself," Grubbs says. "If there's one book I'd compare its structure to, it's Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life."
And Grubbs isn't the only one who places his effort in such lofty esteem--the product info that accompanies the book's Amazon.com page quotes Revolver and Alternative Press writer Aaron Burgess as putting the two books in the same category.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.