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Our Band Could Be your Life

Scenes From the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
Azerrad, Michael (Book - 2001)
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Our Band Could Be your Life
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This is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives reenergized American rock with punk rock's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith has been recognized as an indie rock classic in its own right. Among the bands profiled: Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Big Black, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.
Authors: Azerrad, Michael
Title: Our band could be your life
scenes from the American Indie underground, 1981-1991
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 522 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Azerrad
Contents: Black Flag
The Minutemen
Mission of Burma
Minor Threat
Hüsker Dü
The Replacements
Sonic Youth
Butthole Surfers
Big Black
Dinosaur Jr
Beat Happening
ISBN: 9780316787536
Branch Call Number: 781.66 A993o 2001
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 503-505) and index
Subject Headings: Alternative rock music United States History and criticism Alternative rock musicians United States Rock groups United States
Topical Term: Alternative rock music
Alternative rock musicians
Rock groups
LCCN: 2001029052
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Climb into the van with Husker Du, the Relacements, and other seminal indie bands and buckle up. It's not an easy journey, but it's one hell of a ride.

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Nov 07, 2012
  • GHutt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Remains the best account of American punk rock in the late 80s.

Oct 04, 2010
  • DF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No better book exists on this subject. Unlike most books about music the writer doesn't sound like a pompous wank, interviews and stories are excellent and the Butthole Surfers chapter greatened my love for the group (a feat I didn't think possible.)

If you are interested in underground music and culture, this book is impossible to put down.


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