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.
Why, After All These Years, Are We Still Speaking in Sein Language? | 10 Oct 2017 // 9:59 PM
Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.
Whatever Happened to Indie Rock? | 26 Jul 2017 // 10:00 PM
As the recent Lawrence Field Day Festival illustrates, indie rock may be artistically benefiting from an increasingly marginalized status in the music world.