Author, podcaster, and music industry veteran Tom Mullen has announced a September 7, 2020 release date for Anthology of Emo Volume 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Anthology of Emo Volume 1, which sold out in less than a year and garnered praise and coverage from the likes of Vice/Noisey, The New York Times, Brooklyn Vegan, Kerrang, UPROXX, Billboard, SiriusXM, Alternative Press and many more.

Volume 1 will also be re-released in early September, the title’s first reprint in 3 years. The books are now available to pre-order separately or as a specially-priced bundle with a limited poster at

Anthology of Emo Volume 2 continues what the first volume started, with interviews from heavyweights in the music genre including Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Bob Nanna (Braid), authors and scene veterans Trevor Kelley and Leslie Simon, and the final interview of emo scene legend, Jon Bunch (Sense Field) prior to his untimely death in 2017. The book includes rare photographs and printed ephemera, an introduction by Tom Mullen, and a forward by writer and author Luke O’Neil (Welcome to Hell World).

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Anthology of Emo Volume 2, featuring interviews with:

About Anthology of Emo Volume 2

In 2017, after 100+ interviews with artists and those involved with the emo and hardcore scene for the critically acclaimed Washed Up Emo PodcastTom Mullen, on the 10th anniversary of, introduced Anthology of Emo. The book, selling out in less than a year, compiled the best stories from the podcast and features rare and unseen photos and ephemera. The follow-up, Volume 2, picks up where the previous book left off and features interviews, quotes, and more from key figures and veterans of the scene.

For a word that’s often misunderstood, the Anthology of Emo series is an informative companion and faithful guide to the genre of emo. Tom Mullen is a music industry executive and veteran podcaster. He’s spent time at Atlantic, Equal Vision, Vagrant, TVT, EMI and Sony, where he was a 2016 Clio and Cannes Lions winner for his work with Bob Dylan.

In 2007, he founded, a destination for the entire history of emo. The site and podcast has been featured in The New Yorker, AV Club, Pitchfork, The New York Times, Paste, Billboard, Spin, Village Voice, Stereogum, Chicago Reader, Noisey, and Brooklyn Vegan. In 2011, it expanded to a podcast and DJ night in NYC. In 2014, he launched, a site helping the world understand which bands are emo or not with a smile and a wink.

A proud native of Vermont, he lives in Los Angeles and spends his free time documenting and archiving the emo genre for future generations. A now popular outlet, audio, proved fruitful almost instantly in 2011. The Washed Up Emo Podcast started after Tom realized a noticeable void of podcasts from the genre. Utilizing music industry connections and his background as a college radio DJ, it quickly snowballed with critical acclaim after a few episodes and now has over 1 million plays and continues to be the definitive podcast for the emo genre.

The never-ending mountain of guests over the almost decade of episodes have included Jawbreaker, The Promise Ring, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Piebald, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Mineral, and American Football. Now, after 170+ episodes, the Washed Up Emo Podcast still has one goal. To represent and document the entire history of emo for all fans of the genre.

Anthology of Emo: Volume 2

Street Date: 1st printing – September 2020

Catalog: WUE-002Book

Genre: Music Biography

List: $22.00

Package: Paperback

● Follow up-to acclaimed sold-out first volume, released in 2017

● Includes rare photographs and printed ephemera

● Edited and Introduction by Tom Mullen (Washed Up Emo)

● Forward by Luke O’Neil (Welcome to Hell World)

Volume 2 features Interviews with:

Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World)

Jon Bunch (Sense Field / Further Seems Forever / Lucky Scars / War Generation / Reason to Believe)

Chris Conley (Saves the Day)

Geoff Farina (Karate / Exit Verse)

Tim Kasher (Cursive / The Good Life)

Trevor Kelley (Stop Breathing / Alternative Press / Spin / Everybody Hurts / Myspace)

Conor Murphy (Foxing / Smidley)

Bob Nanna (Braid / Hey Mercedes)

Travis Shettel (Piebald)

Leslie Simon (Alternative Press / Everybody Hurts / Wish You Were Here / Geek Girls Unite)

Anthology of Emo: Volume 1

Street Date: 2nd printing – September 2020

Catalog: WUE-001Book

Genre: Music Biography

List: $22.00

Package: Paperback

Pages: 376

● Includes rare photographs and printed ephemera

● Edited and Introduction by Tom Mullen (Washed Up Emo)

● Forward by Andrew Sacher. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Volume 1 features Interviews with:

Dan Didier & Davey Von Bohlen (The Promise Ring / Maritime / Vermont)

Norman Brannon (Texas Is the Reason / New End Original / Shelter)

Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional / Further Seems Forever / Twin Forks / Vacant Andys)

Mike Kinsella (American Football / Owen / Cap’n Jazz / Joan of Arc / Owls / The One Up Downstairs / Their/They’re/There)

Chris Leo (The Van Pelt / The Lapse / Native Nod / Vague Angels)

Caithlin De Marrais, Kaia Fischer & William Kuehn (Rainer Maria)

Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids / The New Amsterdams / The Terrible Twos / Radar State)

Eric Richter (Christie Front Drive / Antarctica / The 101 / Golden City)

Blair Shehan (Knapsack / The Jealous Sound / Racquet Club)

Chris Simpson (Mineral / The Gloria Record / Zookeeper / Mountain Time)

Praise for Emo Anthology Volume 1

“Emo’s major players are finally setting the story straight…” – Pitchfork

“A milestone literary piece serving as a one-of-a-kind informative companion and guide to that genre you know and love: emo.”– Kerrang!

“…traces some of the key players of emo’s early days.”– Vice

“In his authoritative new book, Anthology of Emo, DJ and longtime music industry exec Tom Mullen gathers together six years of interviews with the original heavy hitters of emo—bands like The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring, and Dashboard Confessional—to form a picture of the genre that extends far beyond guyliner and heartbreak.”– Interview Magazine

“‘Washed Up Emo’ Founder Tom Mullen Defends Genre’s History in New Book”– Billboard

“Tom Mullen’s Quest To Restore The Word ‘Emo’ From Easy Target To Respectability”– Uproxx

“For fans of every emo stripe, from Cap’n Jazz to Into It. Over It.”– Exclaim

“If there was a course called Emo 101, this book would be on the required reading list.”– Alternative Press