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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 Paperback – July 2, 2002

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Azerrad crisscrosses the American landscape of nineteen-eighties "underground" rock music, from Washington, D.C. (which spawned such bands as Fugazi and Minor Threat), to Washington state (Mudhoney, Beat Happening). He profiles thirteen bands that came of age before Nirvana closed the gap between alternative rock and the mainstream market, and the best stories here are the most marginal, such as the chapter on the explosive Boston band Mission of Burma. Even in his treatment of better-known bands, though, Azerrad does a fine job of demonstrating how the post-punk prime movers of the eighties echoed the original rock-and-rollers of the fifties—springing from a complacent political climate to reject the sentimental excesses of the music that preceded them.
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"Altogether rockin'...Azerrad's coup here is in getting most of the major players to talk...A scrapbook from the last time music mattered."―Patrick Beach, Austin American-Statesman

"A timely reminder that Cobain and company were merely a key regiment in the motley alt-rock army...Our Band Could Be Your Life narrates, down to the homemade posters and tour van repairs, how these bands gradually built up an audience large enough to make record labels and critics take notice."―Benjamin Nugent, Time.com

"In the decade Azerrad covers, indie America proved that world-class rock could be created outside corporate structures...Our Band Could Be Your Life passionately resurrects thirteen indie groups...Azerrad is adept at drawing out musicians' war stories -- and this bare-bones movement was full of them."―Eric Weisbard, New York Times Book Review

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  • ASIN : 0316787531
  • Publisher : Back Bay Books; 1st edition (July 2, 2002)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780316787536
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316787536
  • Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.55 x 8.25 inches
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