Back in 1996, Amy Fleischer Madden started Fiddler Records, a label that went on to become one of the most influential and iconic in the scene. The home to the likes of Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory at the start of their careers as well as helping the likes of The Bled, Juliette Lewis & The Licks, The Higher and more get off the ground, she has some stories to tell.
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And those stories are now being told in the form of a special photobook called “NEGATIVES: A Photographic Archive Of Emo (1996-2006)”. Featuring beautiful photos that capture and energy and intensity of the time, featuring everyone from My Chemical Romance to Jimmy Eat World, it will also include a foreword from Chris Carrabba and essays from Norman Brannon, Geoff Rickly, Frank Iero, Matt Pryor, Andrew MacMahon, Bob Nanna and Jesse Johnson.
Here’s a synopsis:
“While the term emo has become a familiar label, there was a time when that wasn’t the case. Many bands of the mid-to-late ’90s would never have classified themselves as such. With the advent of the 2000s, the previously underground emo scene was put on the map, and the term and sound of the genre morphed into something new. Today, the musical and cultural impact of this movement is alive and well, responsible for some of the biggest and most influential acts of the 21st century, from Jimmy Eat World to My Chemical Romance, and the emo label has been reclaimed by those who can’t imagine life without it.
Through rare and never-before-seen photographs Amy Fleisher Madden, founder of Fiddler Records (Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, Recover, and more), thoughtfully and lovingly put together this moving archive of the second and third waves of emo. With a foreword by Chris Carrabba and revealing essays from Frank Iero, Geoff Rickly, Norman Brannon, and Matt Pryor, as well as insights and bite-sized narratives from photographers and other musicians of the era, this heartwarming time capsule expounds an extraordinary moment in music history—a scene that gave life to not only numerous big names but also to a powerful sound and even more powerful friendships.”
It will be released on October 24th and via Chronicle and can be pre-ordered from right here