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Print Non-Fiction September 4, 2004
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Michael Azerrad
Our Band Could Be Your Life
2001

Subtitled Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991, Michael Azerrad's book profiles thirteen pioneering bands that picked up the various embers of punk rock and fanned the flames into something altogether different. Indie rock, Alternative, Post-punk: whatever you want to call it, it wouldn't exist today without bands such as Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Minutemen, Mission of Burma, and Big Black. Azerrad relates the well known band origins, but also more personal stories of individual members. He even sets straight some Indie myths that have long been held as gospel: the circumstances of Lou Barlow's exit from Dinosaur Jr., and the fact that while Husker Du's Bob Mould and Grant Hart are both gay, they were never involved with each other. So whether you're a certified fanboy or you think that Thurston was the old, rich guy on Gilligan's Island, Azerrad's book makes for a compelling read.


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