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“This book was really fun to read and I actually learned a lot. Wait a minute... Does giving a quote for this book mean people will know that I didn’t actually already know this stuff? Lame.” (Hayley Williams, Paramore)

“Wish You Were Here knows way too much about the history, minute details, and inner-workings of these 11 punk and indie scenes. I don’t know how Leslie figured out all this stuff, but I’m changing my locks and checking the phone for bugs.” (Tim McIlrath, "Rise Against" guitarist and lead singer)

“Anything you ever wanted to know about your city’s indie scene (plus plenty of snark) is packed into these pages.” (Alternative Press)

“In what has got to be the best guide book on punk rock… well ever, rock journalist Simon answers a slew of questions never asked about punk rock and indie scenes across the U.S.”. (NeuFutur Magazine)

“Readers who are part of one of these scenes and fans of a particular genre who will be visiting one of the locales will find this a quick and useful read...an entertaining glimpse at nonmainstream music of today and the recent past.” (Library Journal)

“The selection of indie music–centric cities is spot-on… Simon’s text is knowledgeable… the book serves as a helpful jumping-off point for readers looking to learn more.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Simon ensures there’s never a dull moment...Rob Dobi’s spot-on illustrations appear throughout the book as the perfect complement to her enthusiastic and hilarious voice.” (Sacramento Book Review online)

About the Author

Leslie Simon is the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. Her work has appeared in Kerrang!, Alternative Press, metromix.com, and MTV.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 Original edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006157371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061573712
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luann Cogliser on June 12, 2009
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There's a dearth of acceptable material on current pop and alternative music for use in a high school library (language, photos, etc; this is a book we can promote with minimal reservations.
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When i'd hear about this book my first thought was: WTF? Are you serious? But later, when i was in the last page i can reallyd talk to anyones saying: You must read this book.

If you like music, read it.
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The information in this book seems to have been cobbled together after a few hours of internet searching. The result is an incredibly superficial book that lamely parrots numerous cliches: rather like Flaubert's Dictionary of Accepted Ideas without the humor. The material in this book could at best make for an underwhelming blog. Its only value is whatever entertainment there is to be derived from reading someone making obvious and trite pronouncements.
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I actually threw this book in the trash with in 15 min. Probably the stupidest book I have ever purchased. Don't waste a cent on this piece of garbage.
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