For rock critics, Ohioan indie rockers Guided by Voices (GBV) are a dream. Their career is the classic underdog-makes-good story: a ragtag bunch of mid-thirties schoolteachers and journeymen give rock stardom one more try-and succeed! To recount this journey, screenwriter, former SPIN editor, and erstwhile GBV bassist Greer puckishly begins with the series of 2004 gigs that marked the end of GBV. From there, he ducks and dives through 20 years, with plenty of rambling interjections and conversational off-ramps along the way. Greer is understandably focused on songwriting engine/frontman Robert Pollard, the lone constant in GBV, but there are plenty of band members and confederates carrying their narrative weight, including critic Richard Meltzer and Who guitarist Pete Townshend. It's a story of friendship, drinking, music, and how you don't have to leave home to become a star. This first biography of the band will be pleasingly familiar to readers of Jimmy McDonough's labor of love, Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. Warmly recommended for all libraries.-Matthew Moyer, Jacksonville P.L., FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.