Our Band Could Be Your Life - Michael Azerrad

In Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad traces the progress and rise of thirteen essential indie rock bands of the Reagan era. From unknown, tenacious kids booking and recording their own gigs to critically acclaimed musicians, the bands from this decade undergo transformations that are symptomatic of the changing, angst filled time of the 80s and 90s. Not only is this book an informative and in-depth chronicle, it is also entertaining and funny, as Azerrad seamlessly transitions from band to band with changing stories and style to fit each unique band. Whether you lived through the rise of these bands or are a lover of music, this book ought not to be missed.

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ISBN: 9780316787536
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 2nd, 2002

The Best of Punk Magazine - John Holmstrom

The music of bands like The Ramones, Blondie, and Richard Hell (to name a few) will live forever, but until mainstream press immortalized them it was up to PUNK magazine to spread the word. The tiny scene, centered around the Lower East Side and CBGBs was parodied and celebrated between its pages. John Holmstrom’s MAD-inspired cartoons, Legs McNiel’s blatantly unprofessional interviews, Mary Harron’s journalistic integrity, and Ged Dunn’s publishing chutzpah kept this unique cultural voice afloat. The Best of Punk Magazine compiles every article, interview, fan poll, as well as the classic comic “Mutant Monster Beach Party.” It’s the perfect drinking buddy to the amazing music it was inspired by.

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ISBN: 9780061958359
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Published: It Books - December 18th, 2012

Everybody Loves Our Town - Mark Yarm

Sometimes, you get the sense that there isn’t one particular truth, but a large collection of singular, subjective truths drained into one bowl. So it is with the early 90’s grunge scene, where the participants can’t seem to unanimously agree on what it was about, or who it was for, or even if there was such a thing. In Everybody Loves Our Town, Mark Yarm collects many of these dissenting voices (including the big ones, like Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, and Courtney Love), and manages to place them in a fashion that convincingly resembles order. The end result is the definitive story of the Seattle Grunge scene—complete with originators (the U-Men), pretenders (Candlebox), and Cobain and Company. It’s a must-read for any punk and/or grunge music fan.

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ISBN: 9780307464446
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Published: Crown - March 13th, 2012