The Playlist for Eleanor and Park: Background information when reading Eleanor & Park

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Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
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    Feb 2013, 320 pages

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Tamara Smith

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The Playlist for Eleanor and Park

In my review of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park, I suggest that if the novel were a song, it would be a punk rock song. I hold firm to that idea.

A brief (if incomplete) lesson on punk rock music: First, as is true with the birth of most genres of anything (music, art, architecture, etc) pinpointing the beginning is tough, if not impossible. But most people believe that punk rock started in the '60s. A response to the flower-power hippie movement of the same era, it was nihilistic, loud and mad. The bands were made up of garage musicians – musicians who had little or no training and who didn't know the "rules" of music, so they broke them. A strong DIY philosophy was a cornerstone of the movement. Performances were raw. The music was loud and dissonant, lyrics were often shouted instead of sung, and the message was often political and anti-establishment. One or two electric guitars, electric bass and a drum kit, plus vocals, usually made up a punk rock band. Songs were often ...

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