In Defense of Ska is ready for preorder!

In a mix of interviews, essays, personal stories, historical snapshots, obscure anecdotes, and think pieces, In Defense of Ska dissects, analyzes, and celebrates ska in exactly the way fans have been craving for decades. This book will enlist ska-lovers as soldiers in the ska army and challenge ska-haters’ prejudices to the core.


I am a music journalist and ska fan based out of Northern California. I’ve contributed to Playboy, Salon, Noisey, Sun Magazine, Bandcamp Daily, and I am the music editor at the Good Times weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA, where I slip in the occasional ska story when no one’s looking.

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“After a night with hell-raising southern rock sludge-trio Thelma and the Sleaze, you’re gonna feel a little scared, and you’re gonna be a little excited. You’re also gonna wanna be just like them. They’re like Nine Inch Nails doing stand-up at a mud wrestling match. So, go ahead and dust off those daisy dukes, faux mustaches, and pearl necklaces, because you ‘bout to have a night.” -a blurb Aaron didn’t write