For Pollack, this means bringing the boy to music festivals and teaching him about the history of rock and roll, and nothing brings joy to his heart like hearing his son say he wants to listen to the Ramones. It means having posters of Johnny Cash and not of Wilco, or learning that Baby Bear is a terrible show, while Sesame Street rocks. It means teaching your son to be irreverent without being a bad kid.
In the end, Alternadad is about learning to be a responsible parent who can also teach his son how to mosh. It also just might become the parenting bible for a new generation of parents trying to raise their kids in an increasingly homogenized and uptight culture.
©2007 Neal Pollack; (P)2007 Recorded Books
Any Dad who grew up in the 70's and 80's will relate to something this funny memoir. Neil's reading makes the story even more personal, as he tries to figure out how to be cool, and raise a cool kid.
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