The Definitive Book On Emo Music Is Coming

18 May 2023 | 1:27 pm | Mary Varvaris
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At the time of writing, the book is due for a 2025 release.

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Emma Garland, the Digital Editor at Huck Magazine, and former Editor at Vice UK, has signed a book deal with Hachette Book Group in the US. 

Her book, Tell All Your Friends: A Cultural History Of Mainstream Emo (2000 – 2013) is dubbed a “deep dive into the history and cultural impact” of the genre, per an announcement on Publishers Marketplace Deal Report.

Tell All Your Friends, the name of Taking Back Sunday’s debut album released in 2002, will explore the beginnings of said band, as well as My Chemical Romance, and how bands like them influenced pop, rock and rap music released throughout the 2010s to this day. At the time of writing, the book is due for a 2025 release.

“I SOLD A FUCKING BOOK,” Garland revealed on Twitter yesterday. “TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF MAINSTREAM EMO (2000 – 2013)”.

“COMING 2025 VIA @HachetteUS”.

Tell All Your Friends is Garland’s debut book and follows the introduction she wrote on Beyond Black, the book about Amy Winehouse written by the singer’s close friend and stylist, Naomi Parry.

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Garland’s introduction puts insights from numerous artists impacted by Winehouse’s music and presence “into context” and “highlights the principal events and achievements in Amy's life and work and the key characters that played a part in it.” You can order that book here.

Last month, US television station CBS aired a segment called “The Return Of Emo Music” on its Mornings program.

Featuring footage and interviews with pop-punk/emo-adjacent acts Avril Lavigne, Demi Lovato, Mod Sun, Landon Parker (the son of blink-182 drummer Travis Barker) and the showrunners of Emo Nite, the news hosts walked through what they saw as a reemergence of the genre that found mainstream popularity in the early 2000s. 

However, as real ones know, emo music hasn’t gone anywhere. 

Emo music was also thrust into the spotlight last year with When We Were Young festival, which stunned emo and pop-punk music fans with its huge line-up. 

Sporting a who’s who of the 90s and early 2000s icons, including My Chemical Romance, Paramore, AFI, The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, A Day To Remember, Jimmy Eat World, Bright Eyes and stacks more, many were saying it was simply too good to be true. 

However, it did go ahead (despite day one’s cancellation due to dangerous weather) with Paramore performing the live debut of the Brand New Eyes fan-favourite, All I Wanted