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Our Band Could Be Your Life

Our Band Could Be Your Life

Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever.

“This book will be fresh even for those whose lives these bands were…All thirteen profiles are page-turners.” –Robert Christgau, Village Voice

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: Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Minutemen, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Minor Threat, Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Mudhoney, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.

“A compelling book…Azerrad exhaustively chronicles thirteen legendary, wholly deserving bands.” —Spin
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Genre: Nonfiction / Music / Genres & Styles / Rock

On Sale: December 1st 2012

Price: $11.99 / $14.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 528

ISBN-13: 9780316247184

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Reader Reviews


"Altogether rockin'...Azerrad's coup here is in getting most of the major players to talk...A scrapbook from the last time music mattered."—Patrick Beach, Austin American-Statesman
"A timely reminder that Cobain and company were merely a key regiment in the motley alt-rock army...Our Band Could Be Your Life narrates, down to the homemade posters and tour van repairs, how these bands gradually built up an audience large enough to make record labels and critics take notice."—Benjamin Nugent,
"In the decade Azerrad covers, indie America proved that world-class rock could be created outside corporate structures...Our Band Could Be Your Life passionately resurrects thirteen indie groups...Azerrad is adept at drawing out musicians' war stories -- and this bare-bones movement was full of them."—Eric Weisbard, New York Times Book Review
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