Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"[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
"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
"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
Traces how the author, a pop-culture journalist and reluctant fan of indie rock, grew up in the shadow of a Dylan-obsessed father, reevaluated his personal music listening habits after his favorite band broke up in 2004, and spent a night of drunken revelry at the side of one of his heroes. 30,000 first printing.
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.