Nirvana may have gotten all the hype, but for ardent indie rock fans Pavement will always be remembered as one of the best bands of the 1990s-until, after five albums and a slew of EPs in a decade, the band's leader, deadpan guitarist/vocalist Stephen Malkmus pulled the plug. From Gary Young's garage studio in Stockton, Calif., Pavement was the most unlikely candidate for rock royalty. But a combination of good timing, great songs and an underlying intelligence rare in rock catapulted the band to success at a time when lo-fi and do-it-yourself had become the defining rock ethos. Eschewing typical rock stardom, spurning commercial success and the media, the band left behind a legacy rich in lore but short on facts. True Pavement fans will already know much of the story. But Jovanovic's (Beck: On a Backwards River) effort is still worthy for detailing some murky key points in the band's history, such as the firing of original drummer and engineer Gary Young, the making of its records and the final, dysfunctional interactions of the band and its dissolution by Malkmus. Although not terribly insightful and thoroughly uncritical, the book is still a fond retrospection. Given the paucity of information about the band, this account automatically rises to the summit. The book's quirky design, scattered with pictures and handwritten notes, can be both annoying and appreciated. With a remarkably comprehensive discography, this volume serves as a useful tool for fans unable to keep pace with the band's myriad releases.
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“When that guy wrote that Pavement book, I lost so much respect for him…he sent me and Bob a copy of what he’d written…Scott was the only one he interviewed, it was all told from... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Post It
A must read for fans of Pavement, but I prefer the 33 1/3 book on Wowee Zowee.Published 6 months ago by Sasha E. Z.
I was excited to finally find a book about perhaps my favorite band. The early narrative about Pavement's origins and first recordings is excellent, but the author breezes... Read morePublished on December 2, 2005 by K. W. Schreiter
If you read this book closely you'll find that Jovanovic conducted the lion's share of interviews himself. Read morePublished on June 2, 2004
I honestly was really excited about this book, thinking it would give me new insight into the band's history. Read morePublished on May 29, 2004 by "ninehos1"
I'd hear a bunch about this book (though available copies seem scarce), so wasn't sure what to think. All in all, Jovanovic nails it. Read morePublished on May 28, 2004