initially revealed: 05/12/2020

Rock Bottom At The Renaissance: An Emo Kid(NEW YORK, NY) — Queens, New York primarily based Mike Henneberger is releasing his first guide and music memoir Rock Backside At The Renaissance: An Emo Child’s Journey Via Falling In And Out Of Love In And With New York Metropolis. The guide is due for an official launch on June ninth and is now accessible for pre-order at

Rock Backside on the Renaissance is the debut memoir from Mike Henneberger, an Emmy-winning producer and music journalist with credit from Comedy Central, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, and Vice. Although the majority of the guide is ready in a lodge room throughout a weekend of self-imposed isolation and self-destructive introspection, and navigates the darkish tunnels of Henneberger’s booze and drug-addled thoughts, it is a lot bigger in scope – taking in a lot of his previous. Henneberger tells us of his Texas childhood outlined by divorce, sibling rivalry, and an instability that compelled him to navigate a very powerful years of a younger man’s life with none kind of compass. He takes us by way of his minor successes – touring in bands, launching {a magazine}, and performing stand-up comedy – as he wonders if the sense of confidence instilled by these accomplishments is definitely delusion. We get a glimpse into his time within the U.S. Military, which somewhat than improve his sense of goal, solely elevated his chemical dependencies and triggered psychological sickness. And on the coronary heart of the guide, are Henneberger’s quests to seek out love, and, maybe most significantly, his relationship with music and its energy to get us by way of life’s hardest moments.

“You won’t get that a lot hope from studying the guide,” Henneberger admits. “However you get it from me nonetheless being right here and placing it out. It’s important to take a look at it like an previous Harmful Summer season or a Bayside album – it is fucking darkish, and it is scary and it is unhappy, however we had been all capable of make it by way of and make that album or guide. I have been suicidal a number of occasions in my life, however I am nonetheless right here – and you’ll flip that into one thing to supply different individuals to allow them to cope with issues they’re struggling with, identical to the bands on this guide helped me survive by way of these things.”

Some members of some of these bands have even shared some early social media anticipation and appreciation for Rock Backside on the Renaissance, together with Jack O’Shea from Bayside, Steve Soboslai from Punchline, Ryan Zwiefelhofer from Acceptance, and Brett Detar from The Juliana Concept.

However a few of the highest reward for Rock Backside on the Renaissance has come from one among its earliest and largest followers, AJ Perdomo of The Harmful Summer season. Perdomo shared “I feel that is what’s so nice concerning the guide, the vulnerability and the rawness, I all the time assume that is what creates good artwork, that is what I search for in myself. Once I write songs I say, are you being sincere with your self, are you being sincere to the purpose the place it hurts you or the individuals round you? That you must do this. That you must put your self in a spot of nice vulnerability and honesty the place it is like, that is what is going on on, that is how I really feel. I feel, particularly after I began studying the guide, and after I began studying about [Henneberger’s] drug use and every part, I used to be like, alright, he isn’t fucking round. He is actually telling his sincere story and he is making an attempt to actually create a bit of artwork that is impactful.”

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The Harmful Summer season is only one of many bands – together with Jimmy Eat World, Bayside, The Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio, The Marvel Years and extra – whose songs soundtrack Rock Backside At The Renaissance as their lyrics seem all through the chapters, both as a result of it was what Henneberger was listening to that weekend, or as a result of they match thematically with what he was going by way of.

Rock Backside on the Renaissance is on the market for pre-order at and can be formally launched on June ninth wherever books and eBooks are bought.

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