None of This Rocks: A Memoir

Hachette. Sept. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780306847356. $29. MUSIC
Trohman, lead guitarist of the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy, whines and berates his way through his life to this point in his life (at age 37), vacillating between self-hatred and rock star status. He grew up in an upper-middle-class environment with a doting, workaholic father, and a mother who suffered from and eventually died from multiple brain tumors. He is open about his own struggles with depression, his complicated relationship with his mother, drug and alcohol misuse, and his experiences growing up Jewish in small-town Ohio before his family moved. He relates how Fall Out Boy’s cofounder, Pete Wentz, convinced Trohman’s parents to let him go on tour at 15, and how the success of his band has allowed him to work on other music and entertainment projects. Fall Out Boy fans will be drawn to this memoir, and readers interested in pop-punk history might find some entertainment. There is little, however, about personal relationships among band members or the band’s ups and downs.
VERDICT Trohman’s self-deprecating humor and rambling asides sometimes take away from what is otherwise an important discussion about mental health.
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