Born in Manchester and raised east of London, Iain Ellis spent his formative years playing, performing, and consuming a heavy diet of punk rock music and football. In 1986, the young man went west to find his dreams in Bowling Green, Ohio. Instead, he picked up a PhD in American Culture Studies, writing his dissertation on 1980s American Punk Culture. In 2000, he traveled further west, settling in Lawrence, Kansas, where he currently teaches English at the University of Kansas and performs in his band The Leotards. You may also enjoy his books, Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists and Brit Wits: A History of British Rock Humor.
Rebels Wit Attitude: Nirvana | 11 Jan 2009 // 2:59 PM
In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Rebels Wit Attitude, Iain Ellis discusses how Nirvana were a rocking perfect storm of punk’s attitude, metal’s riffs, and pop hooks.
Rebels Wit Attitude: Beastie Boys | 14 Dec 2008 // 2:59 PM
In this excerpt of PopMatters' new book Rebels Wit Attitude, Ellis discusses how Beastie Boys were not afraid to play the enemy within, often mocking the macho strutting of harder rappers.
Kurt Vonnegut: Our Reluctant, Agnostic, Hippy Guru | 19 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM
Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.
What Does Randy Newman Say When He Talks With God? | 22 Feb 2016 // 9:45 PM
One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.