The Rock N Roll Archaeologist gets a much needed lesson in Emo music! Christian has the immense pleasure of interviewing Taylor Markarian, who has just written her first book, ‘From the Basement: The History of Emo Music and How it Changed Society’.

Though songs can be timeless, music is often a result of the era in which it was created. The 2000s in music gave rise to indie, emo, and punk rock, carrying an emotional tone that has resonated with listeners ever since. Originally appealing to a small selection of music lovers, this music era now holds a significant place in the history of rock.

The relationship between music and mental health. Music leaves its mark on the world by touching the hearts and minds of its creators and listeners. This book explores that connection and takes a look at what emo, alternative, and indie music did for the mental health of musicians and listeners.

Inside stories from the music legends themselves. The voices of the rock musicians who contributed to these genres of music are just as important now as they were then. Author Taylor Markarian includes both her own interviews with bands and those from outside sources to provide an oral history and offer an authentic portrayal of these underground arts.

Markarian’s book offers a comprehensive look into genres of music that have been simultaneously mocked and admired. Discover in From the Basement:

  • The beauty and legitimacy of the gritty, wailing music that evolved into indie, alternative, and emo
  • Insights from conversations with favorite emo/indie bands of the time
  • The impact these genres have had on the millennial generation and today’s pop culture and mental health
  • Extensive coverage of bands like Save the Day, Dashboard Confessional, and My Chemical Romance


If books such as Please Kill Me, American Hardcore, Meet Me in the Bathroom, and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs have rocked your world, then From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society should be your next read.

Taylor Markarian experienced the music wave of the early 2000s firsthand as a teenage fan. While struggling with mental health issues as well as the typical growing pains of adolescence, she found a home in indie, emo, screamo, and eventually heavier genres like metal and hardcore. Markarian followed her passion for writing and music by attending Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014, she lived in L.A. where she interned at punk icon Brett Gurewitz’s (Bad Religion) record label, Epitaph Records. She graduated with honors from Emerson College in 2015 with a B.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing and a minor in Music Appreciation. She has written for many print and online publications including Alternative Press, Kerrang!, Revolver, Loudwire, and Reader’s Digest. Markarian was born in New York City. She was raised and currently resides in New Jersey.

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