Our Band Could Be Your Life

The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever.

Our Band Could Be Your Life

The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever. Our Band Could Be Your Life is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties -- when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives re-energized American rock with punk's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith is an indie rock classic in its own right. The bands profiled include: Sonic Youth Black Flag The Replacements Minutemen Husker Du Minor Threat Mission of Burma Butthole Surfers Big Black Fugazi Mudhoney Beat Happening Dinosaur Jr.

Our Band Could Be Your Life

This is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives reenergized ...

Our Band Could Be Your Life

This is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives reenergized American rock with punk rock's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith has been recognized as an indie rock classic in its own right. Among the bands profiled: Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Big Black, HUsker DU, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.

Rock Critic Law

Straight out of his beloved Twitter feed @RockCriticLaw, acclaimed rock journalist and author of the classic books Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana and Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad turns his trenchant eye to the art of ...

Rock Critic Law

Straight out of his beloved Twitter feed @RockCriticLaw, acclaimed rock journalist and author of the classic books Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana and Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad turns his trenchant eye to the art of rock writing itself, hilariously skewering 101 of the genre’s seemingly endless litany of hackneyed phrases and tropes. One of the finest music writers today, Michael Azerrad has catalogued the shortcuts, lazy metaphors and uninspired prose that so many of his beloved colleagues all too regularly rely on to fill column inches. In 2014, he began his wickedly droll Twitter feed @RockCriticLaw to expose and make fun of this word-hash. Now, he consolidates these "Laws" into one witty, comprehensive and fully illustrated volume. Rock Critic Law includes timeless gems such as: If a band pioneered something, you must say they are "seminal." That is the Seminal Law of Rock Criticism. If a recording features densely layered guitars, then you MUST use the phrase "sonic cathedrals." Even when it’s easy to find out with research, by all means ask a band how they got their name. Please feel free to deny an artist’s individuality and say they are "the new [x]." If two guitars play a melodic line in harmony, you MUST say they are "twin lead guitars." All 101 Rock Critic Laws are accompanied by original illustrations from Ed Fotheringham, beloved Seattle scenester and highly regarded artist who has created album covers for everyone from, well, seminal grunge band Mudhoney to iconic jazz label Verve Records, as well as illustrations for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and more, making this book a must-have for music lovers everywhere. A unique appreciation of music writing from one of its own, Rock Critic Law irreverently captures all the passion and furor of fandom.

See a Little Light

In See a Little Light, Mould finally tells the story of how the anger and passion of the early hardcore scene blended with his own formidable musicianship and irrepressible drive to produce some of the most important and influential music ...

See a Little Light

The long-awaited, full-force autobiography of American punk music hero, Bob Mould. Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim, packing in to see bands like the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Hardcore punk was a riot of jackhammer rhythms, blistering tempos, and bottomless aggression. And at its center, a new band out of Minnesota called Hvosker Dvo was bashing out songs and touring the country on no money, driven by the inspiration of guitarist and vocalist Bob Mould. Their music roused a generation. From the start, Mould wanted to make Hüsker Dü the greatest band in the world - faster and louder than the hardcore standard, but with melody and emotional depth. In See a Little Light, Mould finally tells the story of how the anger and passion of the early hardcore scene blended with his own formidable musicianship and irrepressible drive to produce some of the most important and influential music of the late 20th century. For the first time, Mould tells his dramatic story, opening up to describe life inside that furnace and beyond. Revealing the struggles with his own homosexuality, the complexities of his intimate relationships, as well as his own drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, creating the hit band Sugar, a surprising detour into the world of pro wrestling, and most of all, finally finding his place in the world. A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's autobiography is an open account of the rich history of one of the most revered figures of punk, whose driving force altered the shape of American music.

The Absolute Sound

Music Ed . ) . I hope in the future Bob will check the facts as to what he is writing . I
hope you will advise me where I might ... While I cannot say for certain whether or
not Michael Azerrad ( author of the splendid Our Band Could Be Your Life ...

The Absolute Sound


Franz Ferdinand

BIBLIOGRAPHY Azerrad , Michael , Our Band Could Be Your Life : Scenes from
the American Indie Underground , 1981 – 1991 ( Little , Brown , 2001 ) Bangs ,
Lester , Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung ( Alfred A . Knopf , 1987 )
Barfe ...

Franz Ferdinand

Hailed as the first great album of 2004, Franz Ferdinand's eponymous debut prompted Rolling Stone magazine to name the spiky Scottish band as one of the hot acts of the year. The band also won Britain's Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year and three 2005 BRIT Awards. Riding high on their success, and now heard on alt-rock airwaves across the U.S., Franz Ferdinand recently released their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better. This biography places the band's achievement in the context of the exciting Glasgow music scene from which they emerged; there is also complete coverage of the tours and the first and second albums.

Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture

How much longer this will last is open to debate because new formats make the
storage and transmission of music much ... and Michael Azerad ' s Our Band
Could Be Your Life ) who would instigate violence at shows as a sign of
machismo .

Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture

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goes , ” says Cunniff . ... your life ” ) ; in “ Naked Eye ” she struggles with her own
emotional dependence ( “ Something told me it was time / To give you yours ... I
worked with a nurse practitioner and did all kinds of interesting new age things .

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Story Behind the Protest Song

Our Band Could Be Your Life . New York : Back Bay , 2002 . Badger , Anthony , J.
The New Deal — The Depression Years , 1933–1940 . London : Macmillan ,
1989 . Batey , Angus . Rhyming and Stealing : A History of the Beastie Boys .

Story Behind the Protest Song

Looks at fifty of the most influential musical protests of the twentieth-century, including songs about the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, animal rights, and teenage rebellion.

The Minutemen s Double Nickels on the Dime

The story of the Minutemen has been told before (Our Band Could Be Your Life, We Jam Econo), but this book focuses purely on their music - the punk ethic and the remarkable, enduring songs that comprise this, their greatest achievement.

The Minutemen s Double Nickels on the Dime

The story of the Minutemen has been told before (Our Band Could Be Your Life, We Jam Econo), but this book focuses purely on their music - the punk ethic and the remarkable, enduring songs that comprise this, their greatest achievement. Including extensive interviews with Mike Watt and many others close to and inspired by the band, this is a great tribute to a classic piece of American underground music. Included are extensive interviews with Mike Watt, the band's bass player, as well as interviews with several artists, musicians, studio owners, and fanzine writers who have been devoted followers of the band for years.

The Hollywood Reporter

... while Variety Shac ' s members are working " I was reading this book called ( “
Our Band Could Be Your Life : with UCB ' s Amy Poehler to develop shows and
projects . Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981 - 1991 ' by Michael
 ...

The Hollywood Reporter


Rockrgrl

The series is co - produced by Anne Lanier and music journalist Michael Azerrad
, author of Our Band Could Be Your Life . Designed to go far beyond the typical "
women in rock " shtick to explore the ways creative female musicians have ...

Rockrgrl


The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Selected Albums Bibliographies

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music  Selected Albums  Bibliographies

Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50% more material than the Third Edition. Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.

Post

POST is a look at how post-hardcore/emo music developed since its unintentional inception in the mid-1980s.

Post

POST is a look at how post-hardcore/emo music developed since its unintentional inception in the mid-1980s. With each chapter broken up by influential band or label, it focuses on a broad style of independent music that developed because of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethic. Focusing on bands like Fugazi, Jawbox, Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid, the Promise Ring, Hot Water Music, the Get Up Kids, At the Drive-In, and Jimmy Eat World, as well as labels like Dischord, Jade Tree, and Vagrant, these bands and labels came from the ideas of DIY and sustained them. In turn, they inspired plenty that came after them. Looking at the surroundings and circumstances from where they came, this a look at the bonds that formed and the music that came out. ". . . a gripping, Our Band Could Be Your Life-style narrative," - Aaron Burgess, writer for Alternative Press and Revolver.

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Forthcoming Books

Forthcoming Books


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Fence


The Rock Snob s Dictionary

The Rock Snob s Dictionary

We've all been there-trapped in a conversation with smarty-pants music fiends who natter on about "the MC5" or "Eno" or "the Hammond B3," not wanting to let on that we haven't the slightest idea what they're talking about.