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Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes-From Punk to Indie and Everything in Betweenby Leslie Simon
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The American underground music scene is exploding everywhere—not just in New York City and L.A. (although we've got those cities covered too!):
In Washington, D.C. . . . Ian MacKaye and Fugazi inspired the straightedge culture, which had kids everywhere drawing black X's on their hands in magic marker.
In Omaha, Nebraska . . . A young Conor Oberst, aka Bright Eyes, started writing and performing gut-wrenching love songs at the tender age of thirteen.
On Long Island, New York . . . Taking Back Sunday and Brand New battled for emo supremacy and the fragile hearts of a million teenage girls.
From the coauthor of the cult-worthy Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture comes Wish You Were Here—a combination travel guide and tortured history covering everything from what constitutes proper rock critic etiquette in Minneapolis to why pop-punk bands in Chicago have so much suburban angst, to how freegans in the Bay Area can feed themselves on a budget that would make frugal Rachael Ray's face blush.
"Simon, coauthor of the emo culture guide Everybody Hurts and an editor at buzznet.com, set out to write an ethnography of sorts about the 'most cherished music scenes' in the country. It's a promise only partly delivered. The selection of indie music — centric cities is spot-on, ranging from the obvious (Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Twin Cities) to the much less so (suburban Florida). In each section, Simon delivers a capsule 'Music Primer' on that scene's history, what kind of bands populated it, during what time period and what happened to them. Other sections include essential album guides and a helpful 'Mapping Out' list that includes travel guide — like notations on local scenester hangouts and record shops. There's helpful information, to be sure, but it's all a bit too slight, made cuter with ink illustrations by Dobi. Simon's text is knowledgeable, and when she actually talks about the music itself the book serves as a helpful jumping-off point for readers looking to learn more. But all too often she resorts to unfunny snark-sniping about categories of scenesters or celebrity rockers. There is too little information here for those who actually know something about the subject and insider-overload for those who don't." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the authors of the breakout hit "Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture" comes a snarky, fact-filled look at the people and places who made the indie music scene what it is today.
About the Author
LeslieSimon, coauthor of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture, is a senior editor at Buzznet.com. Her work has appeared in Kerrang! and Alternative Press. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is determined to stalk Michael Cera until he marries her—or he's forced to get a restraining order. Whichever happens first.
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