Beyond The Music: How Punks are Saving the World with DIY Ethics, Skills, & Values

Beyond The Music: How Punks are Saving the World with DIY Ethics, Skills, & Values

by Joe Biel

Punk is notorious for its loud music, aggressive attitude, and safety-pinned style. Less well known is the radical value system that has emerged hand in hand with the sound and aesthetic. Since the 1970s, punks have built their music, fashion, and lifestyles around core values of social justice, creative freedom, community integrity, fiercely democratic politics and do-it-yourself ingenuity. From journalism to psychology, graphic design to alternative fuel, bodybuilding to the Occupy movement, these interviews show just some of the ways that punk values continue to shape mainstream American life.

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Razorcake fri 2/6 2:57pm

"this is what punk rock is all about—using the tools we learned in punk rock to make the world a better place."

Steve Hart - Razorcake

Ground Control Mag 3/4/2014

After reading this book, one feels an incredible urge to go out there and pursue that one project you've always thought you'd be good at. After all, that's what punk rock is about.

Willamette Week 4/8/2013

"Like a long car ride with your Uncle Hank."

Mitch Lillie, Willamette Week

Maximum Rocknroll 3/12/2013

The longest passive aggressive dishwashing note of all time.

Reglar Wiglar 12/4/2012

"a whole smattering of punks from vegan chefs (Joshua Ploeg) to polarizing pundits (Ben Weasel) are given a forum to relate their stories and philosophies. Some may be unfamiliar to you, some may be household names in your home, but there's something to glean from all of them, be it inspirational and/or informational"

Chris Auman, Reglar Wiglar Magazine

KEXP Blog 11/23/2012

"It is a superbly edited collection of manifestos in chat form, and includes many of the musicians who actually have something to say, as much as play. "

-KEXP Blog

Chris Estey, KEXP 11/23/2012

"The most expansive, intuitive, most up to date contemporary multi-voice commentary on the topic I've read. I really appreciate [the] hard work in editing, writing, and making it look so great. It's outstanding work!"

Pop Matters 11/19/2012

"Interviewing an actress, bicyclist, Catholic Worker, chef, chocolatier, Cuban-American fan of Green Day, Fulbright Scholar working for Cambodia, a psychologist specializing in males, and lots of graphic designers, printers, and publishers, Joe Biel reveals the range of those who use the mechanisms of punk’s self-motivated and communally based ethos to change our world by action."

John L. Murphy, Pop Matters

Utne Reader 10/15/2012

"Awesome little guide!"

-Utne Reader

Pop Matters 10/10/2012

"Rough and elegant . . . sincere and passionate."

-Pop Matters

Feminist Review 10/10/2012

"A digestible read for anyone, whether you're already immersed in a cut-and-paste world, a graphic designer with a penchant for radical thought, or a newbie trying to find the best way to make yourself and your ideas known. You'll gain insight into your practice, find some new ideas, or get the motivation for which you've been waiting."

-Feminist Review

Nomy Lamm, musician and activist 10/10/2012

"I do believe in the DIY ethic, and I love the idea of documenting our own communities. These people are cute and dorky and earnest and I'm sure their lives are interesting."

-Nomy Lamm, musician and activist