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Only read if you care about Post Punk
on June 11, 2013
I really have to say I was excited about reading this book, but I felt like it was a huge let down. I understand the author trying to describe how the Seattle sound was made, but I feel like he went overboard explaining insignificant bands that don't matter during this time. He also left out many influences (drugs, boredom, the weather, etc...) yet he talks about his own theories that he believes influenced these bands. This books isn't totally bad, but for an avid grunge fan like myself, I would recommend Greg Prato's book. This book focused way too much on the punk and post punk which I know influenced many Seattle bands, but that wasn't the sole factor. Drugs were barely touched here, they talked about how Andy Wood died of a drug overdose, but they were only talked about in three pages or so. He writes about what he wants to write about, for instance he states people didn't like Mother Love Bone and they had bands who were even anti-MLB, but he doesn't even go into Temple of the Dog very much. He disses Alice in Chains by saying they had nothing to do with the Seattle sound and were strictly a metal band because he seems to not like the metal influence on Grunge which really pissed me off because to me, grunge is half and half (amongst some other things.) The one thing I did like about the book was at the end when the author gives you a list of Seattle records to listen to.