Tom Mullen/Washed Up Emo
Anthology of Emo: Volume One

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    • 10 interviews
    • 376 pages
    • 4.25 x 8.5" softcover
    • Printed in the USA
    • Includes rare photographs and printed ephemera
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Released by: Washed Up Emo

Based on early releases from Braid, Rainer Maria, American Football, and others, some people still consider Polyvinyl to be an "emo" label (we think we're much more, not that there's anything wrong with that).

Unfairly stigmatized at times, the emo genre finally gets the spotlight it deserves in Tom's book, which features interviews with our very own Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owen) and the members of Rainer Maria.

Edited and Introduction by Tom Mullen, Washed Up Emo

Foreword by Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan

Interviews with

  • Dan Didier & Davey Von Bohlen (The Promise Ring / Maritime / Vermont)
  • Norman Brannon (Texas Is the Reason / New End Original / Shelter)
  • Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional / Further Seems Forever / Twin Forks / Vacant Andys)
  • Mike Kinsella (American Football / Owen / Cap'n Jazz / Joan of Arc / Owls / The One Up Downstairs / Their/They're/There)
  • Chris Leo (The Van Pelt / The Lapse / Native Nod / Vague Angels)
  • Caithlin De Marrais, Kaia Fischer & William Kuehn (Rainer Maria)
  • Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids / The New Amsterdams / The Terrible Twos / Radar State)
  • Eric Richter (Christie Front Drive / Antarctica / The 101 / Golden City)
  • Blair Shehan (Knapsack / The Jealous Sound / Racquet Club)
  • Chris Simpson (Mineral / The Gloria Record / Zookeeper / Mountain Time)

After 100+ interviews with artists and those involved with the emo and hardcore scene for the critically acclaimed Washed Up Emo Podcast, Tom Mullen, on the 10th anniversary of , introduces Anthology of Emo. This book compiles the best stories from the podcast and features rare and unseen photos and ephemera.

For a word that’s often misunderstood, Anthology of Emo: Volume One is an informative companion and faithful guide to the genre of emo.

Tom Mullen is a music industry executive at Atlantic Records. He’s spent time at Equal Vision, Vagrant, TVT, EMI and Sony, where he was a 2016 Clio and Cannes Lions winner for his work with Bob Dylan.

In 2007, he founded, a destination for the entire history of emo. The site has been featured in The New Yorker, AV Club, Pitchfork, Paste, Billboard, Spin, Village Voice, Stereogum, Chicago Reader, Noisey and Brooklyn Vegan. In 2011, it expanded to a podcast and DJ night in NYC. In 2014, he launched, a site helping the world realize which bands are emo or not with a smile and a wink.

Tom spends his free time watching the Mets blow leads late and digitizing VHS tapes. A proud native of Vermont, he lives in New York City and Los Angeles. The Washed Up Emo Podcast started in 2011 after Tom realized a noticeable void of podcasts from the genre.

Utilizing music industry connections and his background as a college radio DJ, it quickly snowballed with critical acclaim after a few episodes. The never-ending mountain of guests over the years have included The Promise Ring, Thursday, Foxing, Taking Back Sunday, The Van Pelt, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, The Menzingers, Mineral and American Football.

Now, after 6 years and 100+ episodes, the Washed Up Emo Podcast has one goal. To represent the entire history of emo for all fans of the genre.