Since 2005, Michael Croland has schlepped far and wide covering Jewish punk bands. He has attended scores of concerts and interviewed dozens of musicians. He is the author of a scholarly book, Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk (Praeger, 2016). He has written many articles for his blogs and as a freelance writer for the Forward, JTA, Jewcy.com, and more.
Michael has drunk Manischewitz wine passed around a pit, witnessed a bagel fight between a singer and concertgoers, and scheduled his wedding around a band's availability. He has danced the hora with the intensity turned up to 11, inspiring the fun hora interludes between chapters.
Punk Rock Hora spans 13 years of covering edgy Jewish culture, with comedic behind-the-scenes anecdotes, insightful analysis of the songs, and unparalleled access to the artists. Read a revealing account of how Michael fell in love with Jewish punk, interviews with thought-provoking Jewish outcasts, playlists for Jewish holidays, and introductions to new bands. Connecting the dots of Michael's adventures in Jew-Punk Land, Punk Rock Hora is part memoir, part collection of articles, and part punk rock hodgepodge!
Jewish punks are loudly and proudly Jewish in personally meaningful and outside-the-box ways. But Michael's journey isn't just about their art. By writing about Jewish punk, Michael created an identity for himself and learned how to be comfortable in his own skin.
Punk Rock Hora shines a spotlight on Yidcore, Jewdriver, Moshiach Oi!, Golem, Schmekel, the Shondes, the Groggers, Gangsta Rabbi, Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, and more! The book features a foreword by Rabbi Patrick "Aleph" Beaulier, the executive director of PunkTorah and the lead singer of CAN!!CAN.