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"How do you showcase the Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime, a sprawling opus of a punk record, spanning more than 40 songs over four LP sides? It's a formidable task that could easily get out of hand, but Michael T. Fournier takes a simple, no-nonsense approach in this installment of the Continuum 33 1/3 series, and this sensibility takes us into the heart and soul of the band and their crowning achievement.
Fournier dives right into the band's history, giving us a short overview of the basics; how they formed, the band members' various personalities, and how they got to the point of releasing Double Nickels. The band was notorious for using inside jokes and obscure references, which played itself out in the theme of the record. Fournier breaks down their overall approach, including an interesting bit on how the album name and cover photo played off of Sammy Hagar's I Can't Drive 55, of all things. He also explains the structure of the album and how each separate side came into being, with each band member getting a side, and leftovers ending up on the last side, nicknamed Chaff.
From there, Fournier goes into each song on the album, providing back stories and anecdotes, including interviews with bassist Mike Watt himself. The book does a great job of pulling back the layers of quirkiness that the band painted themselves in, shining light on some of the mysteries of one of the 80s greatest indie punk records." --Mish Mash Music Reviews
It's been a long time since I read this book... I think I still have my copy somewhere but if it winds up that I've misplaced it, I really don't care. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jacob Frohnapple
A dense and great book about a dense and great album. Unless you've memorized the whole album, I suggest you read along while listening to the album. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Rich L.
Clear writing and great facts! Mr. Fournier clearly knows his stuff. Five stars. I can't recommend this book enough. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by suplex
I have a lot of favorite albums but this album is my #1 favorite album of all.
I was delighted to find a 33 1/3 issue has been made regarding this album. Read more
If your into The Minutemen and love "Double Nickels on the Dime" check out this little gem. The book goes through the album with a fine tooth comb, it provides some inside info on... Read morePublished on November 16, 2008 by Thomas L. Young III