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ISBN13: 9780307464439
ISBN10: 0307464431
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Twenty years after the release of Nirvana’s landmark album Nevermind comes Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, the definitive word on the grunge era, straight from the mouths of those at the center of it all.

 

In 1986, fledgling Seattle label C/Z Records released Deep Six, a compilation featuring a half-dozen local bands: Soundgarden, Green River, Melvins, Malfunkshun, the U-Men and Skin Yard. Though it sold miserably, the record made music history by documenting a burgeoning regional sound, the raw fusion of heavy metal and punk rock that we now know as grunge. But it wasn’t until five years later, with the seemingly overnight success of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” that grunge became a household word and Seattle ground zero for the nineties alternative-rock explosion.

Everybody Loves Our Town captures the grunge era in the words of the musicians, producers, managers, record executives, video directors, photographers, journalists, publicists, club owners, roadies, scenesters and hangers-on who lived through it. The book tells the whole story: from the founding of the Deep Six bands to the worldwide success of grunge’s big four (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains); from the rise of Seattle’s cash-poor, hype-rich indie label Sub Pop to the major-label feeding frenzy that overtook the Pacific Northwest; from the simple joys of making noise at basement parties and tiny rock clubs to the tragic, lonely deaths of superstars Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley.

 

Drawn from more than 250 new interviews—with members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees, Hole, Melvins, Mudhoney, Green River, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, L7, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, TAD, the U-Men, Candlebox and many more—and featuring previously untold stories and never-before-published photographs, Everybody Loves Our Town is at once a moving, funny, lurid, and hugely insightful portrait of an extraordinary musical era.

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"Music writer and former Blender editor Yarm has compiled a sprawling oral history of the Seattle music scene and the grunge phenomenon of the early 1990s. Yarm conducted over 250 interviews with celebrities from Courtney Love to Eddie Vedder, as well as with the lesser-known musicians, producers, roadies, photographers, and fans who took part in the rise of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Melvins, and many, many others. He chronicles the way in which the 1970s punk sensibility filtered through the gloom of the Pacific Northwest to create a unique sound — and put flannel shirts in the closets of millions of teenagers. Yarm is careful not to focus only on the bands that came to define grunge in the mainstream world. The stories of small clubs, teenage desperation, and bad behavior will resonate with anyone who came of age in a rock and roll milieu. Yarm has cleverly edited the interviews so that at times it feels like we're listening to a conversation or an argument. While the enormous cast of characters can be hard to follow and after a few hundred pages the stories of jealousy, drunken brawls, and overdoses start to blur together, hardcore fans of grunge will treasure this. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Twenty years after the release of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind comes Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, the definitive word on the grunge era, straight from the mouths of those at the center of it all.

 

Grunge, the raw fusion of punk rock and heavy metal also known as the “Seattle sound,” began its emergence from the Pacific Northwest in the early part of the 1980s. But it took the unexpected, seemingly overnight success of Nirvana's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit," in the fall of 1991, to make grunge a household word and turn Seattle into ground zero for the burgeoning alternative-rock movement that would be a dominant force on the American cultural landscape for the next decade.

Everybody Loves Our Town captures the grunge era in the words of the musicians, producers, managers, record executives, video directors, photographers, journalists, publicists, club owners, roadies, scenesters and hangers-on who lived through it. Everybody Loves Our Town tells the whole story: the formation of grunge originators like Soundgarden and the Melvins; the early successes of Seattle's legendary Sub Pop record label; the rise of chart powerhouses Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains; the insane media hype surrounding the grunge explosion; the shocking suicide of Kurt Cobain; and finally, the genre's mid-to-late-'90s decline.

Drawn from more than 250 new interviews—with members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Screaming Trees, Hole, Mudhoney, the Melvins, Mother Love Bone, Mad Season, L7, Babes in Toyland, TAD, Candlebox and many more—and featuring rare and never-before-published photographs, Everybody Loves Our Town is at once a moving, funny, lurid, and hugely insightful portrait of this extraordinary musical era.

About the Author

MARK YARM is a former senior editor at Blender magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Bonnie, and is in no way related to Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm.

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lukas, March 12, 2012 (view all comments by lukas)
The latest in the fledgling oral history genre (other recent entries include books about MTV, SNL and ESPN) is a must read for any NW music fan. Put together by Mark Yarm (no relationship to the Mudhoney guitarist), this entertaining, thorough and sometimes tragic history will trigger nostalgia in those of us who were around in the early 90s and will be informative for the kids who wonder what the grunge craze was all about. Yarm gives ample space to the big bands (Nirvana, P. Jam, Soundgarden), but also does an admirable job of letting bands that were overshadowed, but influential (Mudhoney, Melvins, TAD)get their stories out too. And, yes, Courtney Love comes across as a not a very likable person. So break out your flannel, crank your old Sub Pop records up to 11, grab your heroin (no, don't) and enjoy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307464439
Publisher:
Crown Archetype
Subject:
Rock
Author:
Yarm, Mark
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-PG BandW INSERT
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.41 x 6.44 x 1.88 in 1.92 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Music writer and former Blender editor Yarm has compiled a sprawling oral history of the Seattle music scene and the grunge phenomenon of the early 1990s. Yarm conducted over 250 interviews with celebrities from Courtney Love to Eddie Vedder, as well as with the lesser-known musicians, producers, roadies, photographers, and fans who took part in the rise of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Melvins, and many, many others. He chronicles the way in which the 1970s punk sensibility filtered through the gloom of the Pacific Northwest to create a unique sound — and put flannel shirts in the closets of millions of teenagers. Yarm is careful not to focus only on the bands that came to define grunge in the mainstream world. The stories of small clubs, teenage desperation, and bad behavior will resonate with anyone who came of age in a rock and roll milieu. Yarm has cleverly edited the interviews so that at times it feels like we're listening to a conversation or an argument. While the enormous cast of characters can be hard to follow and after a few hundred pages the stories of jealousy, drunken brawls, and overdoses start to blur together, hardcore fans of grunge will treasure this. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Twenty years after the release of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind comes Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, the definitive word on the grunge era, straight from the mouths of those at the center of it all.

 

Grunge, the raw fusion of punk rock and heavy metal also known as the “Seattle sound,” began its emergence from the Pacific Northwest in the early part of the 1980s. But it took the unexpected, seemingly overnight success of Nirvana's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit," in the fall of 1991, to make grunge a household word and turn Seattle into ground zero for the burgeoning alternative-rock movement that would be a dominant force on the American cultural landscape for the next decade.

Everybody Loves Our Town captures the grunge era in the words of the musicians, producers, managers, record executives, video directors, photographers, journalists, publicists, club owners, roadies, scenesters and hangers-on who lived through it. Everybody Loves Our Town tells the whole story: the formation of grunge originators like Soundgarden and the Melvins; the early successes of Seattle's legendary Sub Pop record label; the rise of chart powerhouses Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains; the insane media hype surrounding the grunge explosion; the shocking suicide of Kurt Cobain; and finally, the genre's mid-to-late-'90s decline.

Drawn from more than 250 new interviews—with members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Screaming Trees, Hole, Mudhoney, the Melvins, Mother Love Bone, Mad Season, L7, Babes in Toyland, TAD, Candlebox and many more—and featuring rare and never-before-published photographs, Everybody Loves Our Town is at once a moving, funny, lurid, and hugely insightful portrait of this extraordinary musical era.

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