Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

by Michael Azerrad
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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad

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

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ISBN-13: 9780316787536
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/02/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 182,355
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.37(d)

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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply outstanding! if you were into the indie rock scene in the 1980's, you will appreciate this book. Get the real stories and the genuine dirt on the foremost indie rock bands of this period. Growing up I didnt idolize sports heroes or politicians... my heroes were underground rock stars ( Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du, Etc). This book really emphasizes the ' Can Do ' attitude that helped these bands spread a national following in the days when radio wouldnt play their music, and MTV had no time for them.Gee... not alot has really changed. Buy this book ( or steal it, or borrow from a library like i did)and give it to anyone you know who loved ( or still loves) the replacements, the minutmen, black flag, minor threat, Dinosaur jr., Fugazi, mudhoney, etc. they will thank you for it, provided that they can read. My only wish now is that the author will do an expose on the indie record labels themselves... he touches on this subject in the book quite a bit, but i want the full history of Subpop, dischord, etc. Their stories are as lo-fi and diverse as the bands they distributed ( or ripped off as the case may be).One thing about the book : the subject really is true to the title in that any of the bands that were underground, but happened to be on a major or non- indie label do not get coverage. An author could do an entire series of books just on the bands that didnt make the cut for those reasons.
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BokononWH More than 1 year ago
One of the best music books I have ever read. The author's grasp of and love of the bands he writes about is evident. Their stories, influences, and what they accomplished is well researched and chronicled. If I could recommend one book on alt/indie bands of the 80s this would be it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rules! hands down. it epitoimizes the D.I.Y. spirit of punk beginning with the American hardcore punk moment and showing where that spirit and thus, the music progressed; that the 'emotional hardcore', and indie rock bands were the true heir of the punk movement and the torchbearers of the D.I.Y. spirit. This book is very informative and will give you several new great bands to listen to, and give you a reason for listening to them, and definitely solidify or shape your ideology for the better. I highly recommend this book and believe that there is a lot to gain from reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are into punk/indy/alternative music at all you need to read this book. Well-written and even if you don't know all the bands well when you buy it, you will want to by the end. It motivated me to re-buy all the albums I sold years ago. If there are any young punk bands out there, you need to read this. It will inspire you in a scene that has gotten stale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very accurate and true to life. Brought me back to a very special time in rock history.