We’re going to go out on a limb and say that most of you do not care about the local music group called Pissed Jeans, save for that small minority of you who have a vested interest in the band due to indie-rock identity politics and/or just really, really like the sound of white guys who have nothing to scream about… screaming. We are sure that, as last week’s City Paper cover story attested, they are fine, upstanding people, but what we’re more thankful for is the above letter: Written in response to that story — which captures the indie-rock wing of The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations perhaps more than any other piece of writing in recent memory — one Billy Barton of South Philadelphia sent the above letter to City Paper. He wrote it. On a piece of paper. And then sent it to them. It contains truths that any of us who ever had any philosophical or real-life interest in “punk” will be happy to be reminded of. God bless you, Billy Barton, and long may you run.
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