Straight Edge Music Scene: Lots Of Punk, But No Drugs

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Minor Threat, the coiners of the term straight edge.
Minor Threat, the coiners of the term straight edge.

Eleanor Henderson's debut novel "Ten Thousand Saints" was picked as one of the best books of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review, calling her portrayal of young people in the late 1980's "fierce, devoted and elegiac."

The book immerses the reader in the straight-edge music scene, which combines a punk music sensibility with a strict no drugs or alcohol lifestyle.

"Ten Thousand Saints" centers around Jude, named by his hippie parents for the Beatles song, who at first follows his parents' drug-filled lifestyle, but after a tragedy, goes to New York and becomes immersed in the straight-edge music scene.

"Ten Thousand Saints" was released in paperback earlier this year.

This segment originally aired on June 22, 2011.


  • Eleanor Henderson, author

This segment aired on March 29, 2012.


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