Under the Radar: Punk Rock and Philosophy: Search and Destroy

Courtesy of Carus Books

Joshua Heter describes his teenage years as adjacent to punk.

“When I started going to [punk] shows, I definitely felt like a poser,” he says. “I had this weird, completely irrational fear that someone would turn to me at a concert, in a little bar in downtown St. Louis, and point their finger at me, like, ‘You don’t belong here.’ ”

While in graduate school at Saint Louis University, Heter overcame this feeling of impostor syndrome enough to create a proposal on a Pop culture and philosophy book on punk culture. It wasn’t until ten years later that Heter and co-publisher Richard Greene got the go-ahead from Carus Books to Punk Rock and Philosophy: Search and Destroy.

The anthology poses and attempts to answer questions about the connections between punk and Christianity, what constitutes a poser and the commercial success of punk.

“With a book like this, you don’t have to read every chapter and you don’t have to like every chapter, but there will be something for everyone,” Heter says. “If you really sink your teeth into half or two-thirds of the chapters, that’s still a lot of content to chew on.”

The book is available now at Amazon for $22.95 in paperback or $13.04 on Kindle.

Diana J. Carleton