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.
Our Band Could Be your Life
It was a musical revolution that happened in the midst of Reagan's 80s: a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations and other subversives who re-shaped and re-energized American rock music with punk rock's revolutionary do-it-yourself credo. The music that resulted was deeply personal, always challenging and immensely influential. This book traces the arc of the American indie underground in the 1980s, from obscure beginnings to the point a decade later when the mainstream sat up and took notice.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316063797
Branch Call Number: 781.66 A993o 2001
Characteristics: 522 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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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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