From Publishers Weekly
Anchored by the married couple of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, and propelled by democratically distributed experiments from all four group members, underground music icons Sonic Youth, as chronicled by Browne in his compulsively readable new biography, are a model for how to sustain a career in the burnout-friendly world of rock music. Browne traces each phase of the band's career with the easy, anecdotal grace of an accomplished journalist: he sketches each band member's youth and initiation into the New York music scene, provides accounts of the years of day jobs and thrifty recording sessions, and gives a play-by-play account of the band's courting by labels following the independent success of the album Daydream Nation
. The book is most engaging in its middle third, an in-depth account of the band's initial struggles and successes at Geffen, their major label home for the past two decades of their career. While Browne succeeds at capturing the personalities and debates that shape the band's character, at times the author's engagement with the band's actual music is not as incisive or comprehensive as it could be. (June)
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"[Browne] found a neat narrative to work with, charting the group's determinedly paced journey from under populated gigs in the arty early-'80s downtown scene to its brush with alt-rock fame in the mid '90s to its current status as an inspiration to a nation of young experimentalists."--"Time Out New York""Browne takes a conventional approach to the story of an unconventional band...His relatively objective approach acknowledges the band's impact on popular and underground culture without descending into the obnoxious sentimentality that characterizes so much of rock journalism...[His] writing style provides the necessary information about the band's history without exploiting their coolness, critical acclaim, or personal traumas."--"VenusZine"