Danko Jones may be a straight-forward rock band, but their story is anything but. They’re a band that has roots in many different music communities — the North American indie-rock scene, the Scandinavian garage-rock scene, the European metal scene — but belong to none of them. They’re the only band that’s toured with both Blonde Redhead and Nickelback, and they’re the only band whose biography could attract a cast of characters that includes Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Elijah Wood, Ralph Macchio, Peaches, Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up, Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, George Stroumboulopoulous, Alan Cross, Mike Watt and many others.
Too Much Trouble is about more than just Danko Jones’ history — it’s an exploration of the rigid politics that govern both underground and mainstream music, and how a band can succeed without pandering to either.
This is a 15-year saga that goes from college-radio DJ booths to corporate boardrooms, from dingy after-hours boozecans to the biggest festival stages in Europe, marked by encounters with everyone from D.C. riot grrrls to Dublin riot police, from death-metal deities to Hollywood celebrities. And if all this sounds somewhat preposterous, well, as Danko himself would say: this book ain’t boastin’, it’s truthin’.
Stuart Berman is an editor at Toronto city magazine The Grid, a regular contributor to Pitchfork, and the author of This Book Is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story (House of Anansi, 2009).
Published: October 2012
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in.
“Berman's finest work, strangely, comes when he actually does nothing but present the reader with two sides of an argument, comment after comment — many contradictory in the extreme — laid out before you in a war of words, literally. Reminiscent of being caught in the middle of a fight that you don't wanna be in, but can't draw your eyes away from, these proper laugh out loud moments will leave every reader with but one thing on their mind; I'm siding with Danko Jones.” — Über Röck
“As Berman tells it, the band’s uneven success was ultimately for the best. That’s because its failure to catch on in Canada turned it, ironically, into one of this country’s most influential acts. Berman says that, in doing the interviews for the book, he was constantly surprised by how many well-known performers profess a love for Danko.” — Torontoist