Skip to comments.Aging punk rocker still swears - but not near the kids
Posted on 05/08/2007 7:37:13 AM PDT by qam1
As the singer in a punk rock band, Jim Lindberg faces the dilemma of many of his graying contemporaries - how to swear and lead a life of rebellion while raising children and paying the mortgage.
Lindberg, lead singer of California band Pennywise, still dyes his hair and plays songs at full volume but he also drives his three daughters to school, lets them listen to Britney Spears, and pays his taxes.
Lindberg, 41, is one of the aging breed of punk rockers from the 1970s and 1980s who are finding a way to reconcile a life of rebellion with parental responsibilities such as disciplining children and worrying about media violence.
"This is the graying of punk rock where a lot of people who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s are now at an age where they are having kids and getting mortgages. It is a new experience for us," Lindberg told Reuters in a telephone interview.
"The strangest part for a lot of my peer group is that we grew up championing the rights of expression but then you see some slasher movie and won't let the kids watch it."
Lindberg has just written a book about raising a family while staying true to his punk core which is called "Punk Rock Dad" - but he admits he probably won't let his daughters, aged 3, 8 and 10, read it due to the bad language and party talk.
Lindberg said he is one of millions of dads who grew up in the 1970s following Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Joey Ramone of the Ramones, adopting punk rock's rebellious attitude toward the establishment and distinctive clothing.
Pennywise, named after the monster from the Stephen King horror novel "It", formed in Hermona Beach, California, in 1988 and is still going, with plans for a new album this year.
In 1996 the band's former bassist Jason Thirsk shot himself at the age of 28 after battling alcoholism.
Lindberg said Thirsk's death was a real wake up call and then he became a father which really made him grow up although some of his peers have changed little from the early days.
"Generation Xers are suffering from prolonged adolescence. You have a lot of people aged 40 and up trying desperately to hold on to their youth, shirking responsibility," said Lindberg.
"It is almost certainly defined by those who do have kids and those who don't. Those with kids have cut down on the party circuit and try to limit time away from their family but those without kids still act like they are 18."
But Lindberg believes becoming a father, who promotes the benefits of vegetables and early bed, does not necessitate abandoning punk rock.
He argues punk music is more about freedom of expression than anti-social behavior - and punk rockers can be conservative and make good, role-model fathers .
"I probably began with the idea that punk rock dads are different from others but I came out the other side realizing that we are really all the same," he said.
"But I think as long as you stick to the ideals of punk music, you can be a grey punk rocker."
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I actually voted for him, legally, at 17. >:)
Sounds like this guy has grown up a little. But not a lot.
I’ll take aging punkers over aging hippies any day of the week.
Pennywise was OK, but I’m a Bad Religion zealot.
Growing up's a bitch, huh?
Yes, but to the kids, you'll always be a poseur. 18-year-olds are going to live forever, after all, and have no desire to take cues from some geezer. ;)
Nah, just kidding, life is a series of stages, you can fight it or go with it. Moving past one stage into another doesn’t make you a sell out or disqualify what you may have accomplished in an earlier stage, it’s just a natural progression of life. Peter Pan is a fantasy and folks like his dead bandmate illustrate that point.
Experience changes a man for the good or bad and experience makes it impossible to return to one’s youth no matter how hard you try.
Pennywise is largely a Bad Religion ripoff anyways.
Y'know--completely unlike the baby boomers. Where does he think we learned it from?
NTTAWTT...but it's a misnomer.
But this guy sounds pretty cool. And yes, aging punks are preferrable to aging hippies. The sad thing is, punks tend to die early, whereas the hippies just cling tenaciously to this mortal coil.
Punk moms rule... well, at least I do! ;-)
They don’t rule nearly as hard as headbanger dads!!
Okay, before I cede to that comment, I’m going to need a list of bands that qualify as headbangin’ music. For instance: Kiss, Metallica, JP, Maiden and Danzig — acceptable. Poison, Winger, Cinderella...not. :-D
“Generation Xers are suffering from prolonged adolescence. You have a lot of people aged 40 and up trying desperately to hold on to their youth, shirking responsibility,” said Lindberg.
Not all of us- By the Grace of God, I am 38 and have been married for 19 years and at the same job for 15 years.
I went through the 70s and 80s, too, but didn’t learn EVERYTHING from pop culture. We also learned from The Gipper himself.
Sigh. Beacuse of this article, I’m going to have “Punk Rock Girl” stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
They dont rule nearly as hard as headbanger dads!!
True, and my little girl has one of each! :)
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