Milk It! Collected Musing on the Alternative Explosion & the Music of the 90's

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Taking its title with suitable slacker irony from a song on Nirvana's In Utero, Milk It! is an anthology of pieces written in the heat of the moment-an urgent and diverse overview that mirrors the chaotic rush of the postmodern sounds it covers. Headnotes and connective material-the "stories behind the stories"-provide running commentary on the music business, rock criticism, a troubled generation, and an attempt to put the fast-moving alternative-rock era in perspective from the safe distance of the ...
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Overview

Taking its title with suitable slacker irony from a song on Nirvana's In Utero, Milk It! is an anthology of pieces written in the heat of the moment-an urgent and diverse overview that mirrors the chaotic rush of the postmodern sounds it covers. Headnotes and connective material-the "stories behind the stories"-provide running commentary on the music business, rock criticism, a troubled generation, and an attempt to put the fast-moving alternative-rock era in perspective from the safe distance of the comparatively bland new millennium. Compiled by a critic who shared the Generation X outlook, attitude, and biting sense of humor with the musicians that he covered-Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and many others-Milk It! is the first serious attempt to chart the alternative music scene. Compelling, amusing, and provocative, Milk It! captures the excitement of an era, and reckons with its enduring influence.
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Editorial Reviews

Blender
Variously entertaining, exasperating and, when discussing Sinead O'Connor, even sensitive.
Hartford Courant
A sharp, acerbic writer; DeRogatis's interview with Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins is so confrontational and funny that it alone is worth the price of this book.
Jersey Beat
This book is even better than I expected it to be-and that's saying something.
Chicago Reader
DeRogatis is rock criticism's] most dedicated journeyman and unapologetic gadfly.
Library Journal
Opinionated, articulate, brash, funny, idealistic-these are all words that describe Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic DeRogatis and the 100-plus articles, reviews, and interviews that populate this anthology of his work from the 1990s. Pieces on the era's more prominent artists (e.g., Nirvana, Courtney Love, Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins) are grouped into their own chapters, followed by thematic chapters that include DeRogatis's musings on the Lollapalooza music festival, "Brit Pop," and the decade's most conspicuous hypes and frauds. (Incongruously, DeRogatis prefaces a chapter devoted to women in rock by saying that discussions of female rock bands should not be segregated from those of male rock bands.) DeRogatis is unswerving in his criteria for what makes great rock music-passion, artistry, and rejecting the complacency of nostalgia-and he is unafraid to anger artists whom he thinks fall short of these ideals (witness his unflinching debate with Third Eye Blind singer, Stephan Jenkins), a stance that got him fired from Rolling Stone magazine after only eight months. While DeRogatis is unquestionably a talented and entertaining critic, and though this collection also serves one of the few primers on the 1990s "alternative" music scene, its appeal is limited to larger pop music collections and where there is demand for alternative rock titles.-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812712
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2003
  • Edition description: First Da Capo Press Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 409
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim DeRogatis is pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, the co-host of WXRT-FM's "Sound Opinions," and the ASCAP/Deems Taylor award-winning author of Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic. A frequent contributor to Spin, Guitar World, Modern Drummer, and other magazines, DeRogatis lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Reluctant Radio Friendly Unit Shifters 1
Smells Like a Nirvana Article 3
Nirvana's Raw Power Shoves the Hype Aside 18
Rocker Cobain Knew Pitfalls of Stardom 20
Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters 22
Senator Krist 24
The Nirvana Wars 29
2 The Girl with the Most Cake 39
Hole, Live Through This 40
With Love, Cobain Widow Delivers Heartfelt, Cathartic Set 42
Courtney Unplugged 43
The Quotable Courtney 48
3 Push me, Pull me, Yield 55
Pearl Jam, Vs 56
The Courtship of Eddie Vedder 57
Pearl Jam, Vitalogy 60
Pearl Jam, No Code 61
Yield: A Sign of Surrender? 63
Kicking Out the Jam 66
Is Chicago the Next Seattle? 69
4 Melancholy and the Pear-Shaped Boy 73
Smashing Pumpkins Carve Out Their Niche 75
Up Against the Wall: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 80
No, Really: The Smashing Pumpkins, Adore 82
Billy Speaks 84
Perfect Timing: The Smashing Pumpkins Say Goodbye 89
5 Positive Bleeding 93
Chicago's Leading Alternative 94
Urge Overkill, Saturation 100
Escape From Guyville 101
Urge Overkill, Exit the Dragon 107
6 It Was a Riot, Girls 109
Sex in Rock 101: Selling the Maiden Phair 111
L7 Makes Anger Fun 115
Louder Than Words 118
Harvey's Happy to Be an Outsider 120
The Do-It-All Icelander 121
Tori! Tori! Tori! 123
Sinead's Not Bad (She's Just Misunderstood) 125
Warming Up to the Muffs 128
Elastica Connects 129
The Building of a Buzz Band 132
7 Lollapalooza Nation 139
Lollapalooza: Alternative Celebration or Big Business as Usual? 141
Rock of Ageless 142
Taking Stock of the Muddy Mess 144
Women Power Lollapalooza '95 148
Been Caught Squealing 152
8 Meanwhile, Back in the Motherland 159
The Evolution of Creation 160
A Love Letter to Guitar-Based Rock 163
Ride, Carnival of Light 166
Blur Shows Talent to Survive Passing Trends 168
An Oasis in U.K.'s Rock Desert? 170
Oasis, Be Here Now 171
The Stone Roses, Second Coming 172
Adventures in Stereo 174
Thievery? Sure, But Inspired Thievery 175
Acid Reign 178
9 Pioneers and Trailblazers 183
Love & Death 184
Slow Dazzle 189
Taking Advice by Strategy 192
The Original Alternative Rock Band? 197
The Real Live Wire 200
On the Beat 205
Five Alive 207
Patti Smith, Gone Again 209
Great Gobs of Guitar Grunge 211
Mudhoney's Dirty-Sweet Mix 214
Overrated: Alex Chilton 215
Mercenary Visionary 216
Curiouser and Curiouser 219
Kraftwerk at the Riviera Theatre 221
10 Out of Time: R.E.M. and U2 225
Musical Perversity 226
Grand Old Men of Modern Rock 234
Automatic for the Press 243
U2 Pumps Up the Power with Zoo TV 253
U2: A Critical Discography 255
11 Hootiegate 261
American Blandstand 263
12 Unrepentant Hypes and Fabulous Frauds 267
N.W.A, Niggaz4Life 269
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 271
The Wesley Willis Fiasco 277
Never Mind 279
Quantity Over Quality 281
Shootout at the Rage Factory 283
Singer Gets an Eye for Eye 286
Neil and Marilyn 290
My Britney Problem - And Yours 297
13 Freaks and Geeks 305
Psychedelic Rock from the Bible Belt 307
The Next Prime Cut in Rock 314
Screeching Halt 317
Leapin' Lizards 322
Into the Sunset 324
Looney Tunes 326
Weening Ways 329
One Power-Filled Alternative 330
Speaking of Geeks ... 331
Stone Loco 333
An Arresting Development in Hip-Hop 338
The P.M. Dawn of a New Day in Hip-Hop 341
The Aphex Twin, Richard D. James 343
The Orb, Orblivion 345
Nine Inch Nails, The Fragile 346
The End of Rock 348
Psychedelic Radio Shack 352
14 Makes No Sense at All 355
Mud, Moshing, Mayhem, and Money: The Best and Worst of '94 356
Postmark: Cleveland 361
Heavy Hitters 367
What's Up with Generation Y? 372
Rock 'n' Roll Is Alive and Well and Living at (Address Unlisted at the Customer's Request) 376
The Ninety Best Albums of the '90s 381
Index 385
About the Author 410
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    makes you look at music from a new point of view

    this book is fantastic.. i well written book.. it completely changes how you look at certain bands.. then the whole pop scene was very true.. L7 rocks.

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