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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991

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ISBN13: 9780316063791
ISBN10: 0316063797
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It was a musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties: a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives who reshaped and reenergized American rock music with punk rock's revolutionary do-it-yourself credo. The music that resulted was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. Remarkably, the stories of these now?legendary bands have never been told in any depth — until now.

Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life vividly traces the arc of the American indie underground in the Eighties, from obscure beginnings to the point a decade later when the mainstream sat up and took notice. Beginning with the pioneering, notorious punk band Black Flag, the story continues with the Minutemen, Mission of Burma, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi, Mudhoney, and Beat Happening, among others. Without major label support, these bands depended on resourcefulness, creativity, and an all-powerful sense of community to survive.

Featuring scores of interviews with band members, label heads, and others within the inner circle, Our Band Could Be Your Life is the first book ever to delve deeply into the gritty realities of life on music's cutting edge in the Eighties, a time when setting one's sights low was virtually a political statement. A sweeping look at a world of margin walkers, Michael Azerrad's incredible chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith is in its own way an indie rock classic.

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"This book is essential for anyone who feels personally insulted by the Grammys, MTV, Top 40 radio, etc etc..." Janeane Garafolo

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"A substantial, elegantly rendered assessment of the 'indie rock' era....A well-done, thoroughly detailed look at the stories behind the music that captures both the heart and the eccentricity of outsider rock's golden age." Kirkus Reviews

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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.

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The story of post-punk indie rock in America and the bands whose do-it-yourself ethic paved the way for the grunge phenomenon of the 1990s. Beginning with the pioneering and notorious punk band, Black Flag, the story continues with Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and others.

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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.

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Dead Air, October 1, 2008 (view all comments by Dead Air)
The author did an amazing job picking the bands to cover, and his research and interviews are extensive and well done. This is a major document of a time when underground rock musicians figured out how to create their own national and even global network without agreeing to take part in the larger mass media one. There is much to be learned from this experience.

I have a beef about some of the accuracy regarding some of the NW bands (the worst two being referring to Tacoma's legendary Girl Trouble as from Olympia, and claiming that Seattle's avant-garage punks the U-men were the first to mix punk with metal when the real U-men had not a trace of metal in their Sonics meets Birthday Party sound whatsoever!) Nonetheless, I know quite a bit more about this scene than most people do. It just indicates that books such as this one should be taken as a representation of things, not necessarily the absolute truth.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316063791
Subtitle:
Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
Author:
Azerrad, Michael
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Rock groups
Subject:
Alternative
Subject:
Progressive
Subject:
Alternative rock musicians
Subject:
Alternative rock music.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General Music
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
106-273
Publication Date:
20020702
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.59x6.23x1.61 in. 1.83 lbs.

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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
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Product details 528 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316063791 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This book is essential for anyone who feels personally insulted by the Grammys, MTV, Top 40 radio, etc etc..."
"Review" by , "A substantial, elegantly rendered assessment of the 'indie rock' era....A well-done, thoroughly detailed look at the stories behind the music that captures both the heart and the eccentricity of outsider rock's golden age."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , The story of post-punk indie rock in America and the bands whose do-it-yourself ethic paved the way for the grunge phenomenon of the 1990s. Beginning with the pioneering and notorious punk band, Black Flag, the story continues with Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and others.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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