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Screeching Weasel

Weasels In A Box (John R. Pierson) Book

(Screeching Weasel, Mopes, Even In Blackouts, Jughead)

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Weasels In A Box (a not so musical journey through partially truthful situations with eighty percent fictitious dialogue) is a meta-fictional novel that dances dangerously close to the edge of historical pop punk reality. It embodies the confusion felt by a specific pop-punk semi-famous rockstar of the mid 90's who questions the importance of his era and ultimately the importance of himself. How does this affect his life today? What fictions was he constantly creating because of his subjectivity and inability to remember accurate conversations and situations? What is Fame and how does it differ from Success?

Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Doug from Edmonton, AB Canada 
Nov 23 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This books is kinda hard to follow at times, but it's still a good read. I read Ben Weasel's "Punk is a Four Letter Word" first so i could guess what some of the semi-fictional stories were. I could imagine writing a book from the second person perspective would drive someone crazy so my hat goes off to john pierson for this

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Murphy from Apo, AE 
Sep 22 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars

It wasn't a bad book. I found myself gettig carried away in it for hours. But at the same it's pretty easy to snap out of and stop reading for a while. I guess it all depends on where you're at in the book. A good, solid, funny read though. Take it on the plane or something...

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Joan from Barkhamsted, CT 
Sep 18 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

a great book if ya know anything about Screeching Weasel. as you put the pieces together, it's pretty funny and overall interesting, i read it in under a day. it's refreshing to get another written point of view from another (and the only other founding member to stay w/ the band) of SW. Jughead's cool shit!

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Patrick from Wheeling, IL 
Feb 27 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book a lot. The writing style is the rarely used "2nd person" format. Basically, Jughead is telling the story to himself. This may irk some readers. This book will also be inevitably compared to Ben Weasel's "Like Hell". Where Ben says that, despite what anyone else might believe, his story used a few factual situations to tell a fictional story, John states this book uses fictional dialogue to tell a factual story. Like Ben's book, John uses fictional names to represent his bandmates and other bands and musicians, but its pretty easy to figure out who most of them are. Also like Ben, John skips over the formation of the band. However, besides describing a few similar events, that's really where the similarities between the books end.

Anyway, I think many Screeching Weasel fans will find this book interesting and useful in putting together the band's history. Now I guess we sit back and wait for Vapid and Panic to write their own "fictional" books about spending time in a somewhat popular pop-punk band from the suburbs of Chicago.

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Bill from Chicago, IL 
Jan 12 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Sometimes this is a bit hard to follow, especially when he's bouncing back and forth between decades. That's my only complaint though, the rest of it well worth your money. It took a little while to figure out who he was talking about in some cases but that's a minor detail. Pick it up if you're a Weasel fan who can read.

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Kevin from Houston, TX 
Dec 11 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I'm so happy to finally read this book. It's been delayed for almost five years. Who does Jughead think he is? Axl Rose? Just joking Mr. Pierce. I haven't finished the book yet but so far it's great. If you read the Preface, Jughead explains why it took so long for the book to come out and how the Lillingtons play into all of this. I won't give the secret away, so check it out for yourself. Also you have the awesome Les Toil/Brian Clarke cover, which makes the book worth buying already!

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