A graphic novel about punk rock and mental health? Yes, please.

Punk rock has always intersected with issues of mental health. Think about it: all those recurrent themes of rage, anxiety, fear, and confusion that have been at the foundation of much of this music for the last 40 years.

Reid Chancellor has been studying the situation. The result is a graphic novel entitled Hardcore Anxiety: A Graphic Guide to Punk Rock and Mental Health. The story follows a guy from Indiana who discovers punk and uses it to navigate through issues of mental illness. And it’s non-fiction, too.

Let’s have Reid explain things himself.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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