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S.W. Lauden is the editor of Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming. He’s also the co-editor of the essay collections, Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop, and the sequel, Go Further. His Greg Salem punk rock PI trilogy includes Bad Citizen Corporation, Grizzly Season and Hang TimeSteve’s a father, husband, writer and drummer living in LA. 

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  • Favorite Food: Burritos
  • Favorite Non-Burrito Food: Pho
  • Favorite Color: Gray
  • Favorite Bands (Lately):  The Replacements, Fountains of Wayne, X, Fugazi, 20/20, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Wilco, Black Flag, Redd Kross, the Go-Go’s, Teenage Fanclub, Beach Bunny, Ty Segall, Taylor Swift, Frank Turner
  • Favorite Movie: Willa Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Favorite Documentary: Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart
  • Favorite Fiction Books (Lately):  Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton, The Darkness Knows by Arnaldur Indriðason, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Bubblegum by Adam Levin, Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Favorite Non-Fiction Books (Lately):  Hit So Hard by Patty Schemel, The History of Bones by John Lurie, I’m Not Holding Your Coat by Nancy Barile, Mutations by Sam McPheeters, Punk Rock: An Oral History by John Robb, Stranded in the Jungle by Curt Weiss, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Favorite Drummers (Lately): D.J. Bonebrake, Brendan Canty, Phanie Diaz, Urian Hackney, Grant Young, Bon Von Wheelie, Chris Mars, Derrick Plourde, Mo Tucker
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Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming: “Niche you say? We like Niche. In the weeds. Talking shop. This is a deep dive into an overlooked sport. A history lesson on the evolution of punk drumming from the source. From Rat Scabies to Discharge to Lori Barbero, most of my heroes are now trapped together between these covers.” — Brendan Canty, Fugazi and The Messthetics 

Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop: “A spectacular read.” —The Hype Magazine 

Go Further: More Literary Appreciations of Power Pop: A whirlwind ride through the annals of the power pop underground.” — Under The Radar 

Greg Salem Punk Rock PI Series :“The twists, turns, and shocks are enough to leave the reader gasping for more.” Crimespree Magazine 

“Lauden’s prose zooms along with an arch energy, and the final installment in his Greg Salem trilogy keeps the plot twists coming at warp speed.”― Kirkus Reviews