I am here to happily plug Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007. This book by Eric Grubbs caught my attention and I could not put it down until I had finished all 350+ pages. While it was impossible to cover every band that fits into the post-hardcore genre, the book's focus is the story and music of bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, Jimmy Eat World and more. Grubbs provides a thorough history of each of these key bands and even takes detours for brief biographies of various indie record labels that the bands were signed to in their travels.
The story behind Dischord Records, Jawbox and Braid were my personal favorites but I found that even bands I had no interest in had riveting stories. Through his dozens of interviews and tireless research, Grubbs gives POST a fascinating narrative to go along with the discussion of the genre and its influences. If you have even a passing interest in post-hardcore or emo music, you need to get this book.