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Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life

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TOP FIVE MUSICAL THINGS I HOPE HAPPEN NOW THAT THE ORIGINAL LINEUPS OF THE PIXIES AND DINOSAUR JR. HAVE REUNITED

1. Ian Curtis is resurrected.
2. The Smiths reunite for a private party at my favorite bar.
3. There is a new My Bloody Valentine album.
4. A new Nirvana comes along to blow away all of those fey Duran Duran emulators.
5. Radiohead stops listening to Pink Floyd and starts listening to Black Sabbath.

If you've ever made, or conceived of, a list like this, then look no further for your next book purchase. You have it. In your hands. Please consider it as your next book purchase.

In Perfect From Now On, John Sellers has written a fan's memoir overflowing with humor, self-deprecation, encyclopedic knowledge of musical minutiae, and "you should have been there" personal anecdotes. Despite vowing never to get caught up in music due to the nuttiness of a Dylan-obsessed father and playground taunts about his preference for Top 40 trash, he found himself powerless to resist the allure of indie rock, the genre that begat the likes of Sonic Youth, Pavement, Built to Spill, and Modest Mouse. When his favorite band, Guided By Voices, called it quits in 2004, Sellers examined his own listening habits, caught a few mind-blowing shows, got drunk with his heroes, and wrote this book — one that is sure to resonate with anybody who has ever obsessed over good music.

Review:

"Sellers, who has written for GQ and the Atlantic, was born in 1970, so his radio was ready when the 'indie rock' scene took off in the '80s. Even as a youngster, he had rejected his dad's favorite — Bob Dylan — in favor of pop music. Before long, he was trying to one-up his schoolmates by listening to only the very coolest bands. As he got older, he drank a lot of beer, went to clubs and even bluffed his way into frat parties, where he discovered that 'dancing is a nice prelude to nonconsensual sex.' Ultimately, he came to understand his own musical taste: 'I required complex, pretty, inscrutable songs turned up very loud to help me avoid thinking that I didn't like myself very much.' He idolized many groups, including Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Pavement and Guided by Voices. He collected their music, went to their gigs and even drank beer with Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard. Pollard 'drinks capably,' Sellers confides, although when he doesn't, that's also '[a]wesome.' Sellers carries on debates with himself in footnotes, which can go on for pages (yielding howlers like 'Ian Curtis...who hung himself on his coatrack'). More a blog (his blog name is Angry John Sellers) than a book, there's little of lasting substance here. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)

Review:

"Sellers, who has written for GQ and the Atlantic, was born in 1970, so his radio was ready when the 'indie rock' scene took off in the '80s. Even as a youngster, he had rejected his dad's favorite — Bob Dylan — in favor of pop music. Before long, he was trying to one-up his schoolmates by listening to only the very coolest bands. As he got older, he drank a lot of beer, went to clubs and even bluffed his way into frat parties, where he discovered that 'dancing is a nice prelude to nonconsensual sex.' Ultimately, he came to understand his own musical taste: 'I required complex, pretty, inscrutable songs turned up very loud to help me avoid thinking that I didn't like myself very much.' He idolized many groups, including Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Pavement and Guided by Voices. He collected their music, went to their gigs and even drank beer with Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard. Pollard 'drinks capably,' Sellers confides, although when he doesn't, that's also '[a]wesome.' Sellers carries on debates with himself in footnotes, which can go on for pages (yielding howlers like 'Ian Curtis... who hung himself on his coatrack'). More a blog (his blog name is Angry John Sellers) than a book, there's little of lasting substance here. Correction: The title of George Konrad's memoir (Reviews, Jan. 22) is In My Own Country: A Hungarian Life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Sellers's self-deprecating, music-obsessed memoir echoes the style of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, but he manages to maintain a distinctive voice: likable, smart and steeped in music trivia, without being condescending. A fun read for indie-rock fans." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[The book's] pronouncements will provoke conversation, debate, and smiles among all who love music and pop culture of the past 25 years. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"An accomplished slinger of invective, Sellers provides a rousing evaluation of alternative rock....Spot-on observations and a willingness to name names and ascribe blame as well as credit make this one of the best resources to date on indie rock." Booklist

Review:

"Perfect From Now On is clever and interesting and sincere, and I completely disagree with everything the author says." Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

Synopsis:

Sellers, a pop culture journalist with articles published in GQ and the New York Times, has written a rock-music fan's memoir overflowing with humor, self-deprecation, encyclopedic knowledge, and "wish you were there" personal anecdotes.

About the Author

John Sellers has written for GQ,, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times, and maintains the blog Angry John Sellers. He lives in New York City. For more information, visit www.johnsellers.net.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277082
Subtitle:
How Indie Rock Saved My Life
Author:
Sellers, John
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
Alternative rock music.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
215
Dimensions:
8.50x5.82x1.09 in. .85 lbs.

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Biography » Composers and Musicians

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sellers, who has written for GQ and the Atlantic, was born in 1970, so his radio was ready when the 'indie rock' scene took off in the '80s. Even as a youngster, he had rejected his dad's favorite — Bob Dylan — in favor of pop music. Before long, he was trying to one-up his schoolmates by listening to only the very coolest bands. As he got older, he drank a lot of beer, went to clubs and even bluffed his way into frat parties, where he discovered that 'dancing is a nice prelude to nonconsensual sex.' Ultimately, he came to understand his own musical taste: 'I required complex, pretty, inscrutable songs turned up very loud to help me avoid thinking that I didn't like myself very much.' He idolized many groups, including Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Pavement and Guided by Voices. He collected their music, went to their gigs and even drank beer with Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard. Pollard 'drinks capably,' Sellers confides, although when he doesn't, that's also '[a]wesome.' Sellers carries on debates with himself in footnotes, which can go on for pages (yielding howlers like 'Ian Curtis...who hung himself on his coatrack'). More a blog (his blog name is Angry John Sellers) than a book, there's little of lasting substance here. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sellers, who has written for GQ and the Atlantic, was born in 1970, so his radio was ready when the 'indie rock' scene took off in the '80s. Even as a youngster, he had rejected his dad's favorite — Bob Dylan — in favor of pop music. Before long, he was trying to one-up his schoolmates by listening to only the very coolest bands. As he got older, he drank a lot of beer, went to clubs and even bluffed his way into frat parties, where he discovered that 'dancing is a nice prelude to nonconsensual sex.' Ultimately, he came to understand his own musical taste: 'I required complex, pretty, inscrutable songs turned up very loud to help me avoid thinking that I didn't like myself very much.' He idolized many groups, including Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Pavement and Guided by Voices. He collected their music, went to their gigs and even drank beer with Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard. Pollard 'drinks capably,' Sellers confides, although when he doesn't, that's also '[a]wesome.' Sellers carries on debates with himself in footnotes, which can go on for pages (yielding howlers like 'Ian Curtis... who hung himself on his coatrack'). More a blog (his blog name is Angry John Sellers) than a book, there's little of lasting substance here. Correction: The title of George Konrad's memoir (Reviews, Jan. 22) is In My Own Country: A Hungarian Life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Sellers's self-deprecating, music-obsessed memoir echoes the style of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, but he manages to maintain a distinctive voice: likable, smart and steeped in music trivia, without being condescending. A fun read for indie-rock fans."
"Review" by , "[The book's] pronouncements will provoke conversation, debate, and smiles among all who love music and pop culture of the past 25 years. Recommended."
"Review" by , "An accomplished slinger of invective, Sellers provides a rousing evaluation of alternative rock....Spot-on observations and a willingness to name names and ascribe blame as well as credit make this one of the best resources to date on indie rock."
"Review" by , "Perfect From Now On is clever and interesting and sincere, and I completely disagree with everything the author says."
"Synopsis" by , Sellers, a pop culture journalist with articles published in GQ and the New York Times, has written a rock-music fan's memoir overflowing with humor, self-deprecation, encyclopedic knowledge, and "wish you were there" personal anecdotes.
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