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Our Band Could Be your Life

Scenes From the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
Azerrad, Michael (Book - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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As an alternative to mainstream rock, the "indie" movement in the 1980s reshaped American music with a revolutionary do-it-yourself credo. This is the definitive history of the bands that made it happen. 13 photos.
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
Fugazi
Mudhoney
Beat Happening
ISBN: 0316063797
9780316063791
0316787531
9780316787536
Branch Call Number: 781.66 A993o 2001
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 503-505) and index
Subject Headings: Rock groups United States Alternative rock musicians United States Alternative rock music United States History and criticism
Topical Term: Rock groups
Alternative rock musicians
Alternative rock music
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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