Our Band Could Be your Life

Our Band Could Be your Life

Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981-1991

Book - 2002 | First Back Bay paperback edition.
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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.
Our Band Could Be Your Life 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 re-energized American rock with punk'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 is an indie rock classic in its own right.
The bands profiled include:
Sonic Youth Black Flag The Replacements Minutemen Husker Du Minor Threat Mission of Burma Butthole Surfers Big Black Fugazi Mudhoney Beat Happening Dinosaur Jr.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2002.
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780316787536
Branch Call Number: 781.660973 Aze
Characteristics: 522 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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OPL_DavidD Jul 03, 2019

One of my favorite music books. Any fan of punk or alternative rock should read it. The chapter on The Minutemen alone is one of the best insights into rock music history and why these bands matter.

Dec 24, 2015

Excellent account of the 1980's underground music scene in the USA.

Nov 07, 2012

Remains the best account of American punk rock in the late 80s.

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