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Confusion is Next: The Sonic Youth Story

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"Alternative" rock has now gone mainstream, yeah, yeah, Lollapalooza is captivating a generation, and Nirvana sells millions of albums, but before all of this in-yr-face stuff there was Sonic Youth.

Sonic Youth are the floorboards of the current fertile musical era in which underground culture has, like it or not, become the mainstream. Confusion Is Next boasts exclusive interviews with the band members and dozens of other scene-sters, including members of the Beastie Boys, Pavement, and fIREHOSE, and art ...

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Overview

"Alternative" rock has now gone mainstream, yeah, yeah, Lollapalooza is captivating a generation, and Nirvana sells millions of albums, but before all of this in-yr-face stuff there was Sonic Youth.

Sonic Youth are the floorboards of the current fertile musical era in which underground culture has, like it or not, become the mainstream. Confusion Is Next boasts exclusive interviews with the band members and dozens of other scene-sters, including members of the Beastie Boys, Pavement, and fIREHOSE, and art iconoclasts like Mike Kelley, Lydia Lunch, and Glenn Branca.

Sonic Youth. They hold equal weight in the champagne SoHo galleries, the sleazy fashion world, and the legendary punk club hovels across the planet. Here is Sonic Youth's convoluted, twisted, and bashed journey, from the band's early days in the post-punk East Village to their current reign as templates of the indie scene, to their studio time recording their latest album, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. Confusion Is Next sets both the record and the CD straight.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The unconventional history and experimental music of Sonic Youth, a seminal, New York-based post-punk band, should make a compelling story. Emerging from the punk-rock culture and avant-garde New York art scene of the 1970s, Sonic Youth has produced a myriad of records and side projects, and inspired scores of other bands with its glamorous bohemian poses, dedication to the underground art world and a noisy punk sound marked by unorthodox guitar tunings and screeching feedback. An unabashed admirer, Spin contributing editor Foege's solemn panegyric fails to pierce the band's cool veneer, throwing little light on its enigmatic members and aesthetic inconsistencies. Through interviews with the band's friends and collaborators, Foege meticulously charts its links to New York's ``no wave'' music scene of the late '70s, the grass-roots punk culture of the early '80s and the widespread assimilation of ``indie'' rock by the mainstream music industry in the early '90s. By contrast, he gives short shrift to the band's private lives sorely absent are details of the marriage and recent parenthood of vocalists Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. This will be of significance mainly to record collectors and fans. Photos. Nov.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312113698
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Foege lives in New York. A former senior editor at Spin, he has also written for many other publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Variety.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    Indie-rock History 101

    This book is an absolute must-read for any Sonic Youth fan, but it's also a great, inspiring read for any rock musician currently laboring in obscurity while tenaciously hanging on to "The Dream"...which would be most of them (us). Thrill to the sights and sounds of a band determindly doing their own thing and not just getting away with it but building a successful career out of it. Could it happen to you? OF COURSE IT COULD! Get busy. (The only thing wrong with this book is that it should have been twice as long.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    Now for Some Real Music

    Sonic Youth is my main musical inspiration. My sound, my songs and my style are deeply influenced by them(mostly their early stuff). Being the curious individual that I am, I wanted to find out where they got their start. My friend let me borrow this book and all I have to say is wow. This book showcases the band as a formidable foe to all thjat is pop and MTV. The author, Alec Foege, does a great job in making these rock muses human. Their career is one long, strange trip from seedy New York clubs to playing all around the world. One of the books strong points is the way the author showcases, not only Sonic Youth, but all the key players of the time including Mike Watt, Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch and all the rest of the 'No-Wavers'. This brings more insight into the life and times of this great band. I truly recommend this book to all music lovers out there. Maybe if more people knew about them, maybe we would actually have descent music on the radio. Yeah, that would be the day. Well I must be off, my top ramen is burning up on the stove. Peace Out Yo

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