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Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991

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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.



Author: Michael Azerrad
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Published: 07/02/2002
Pages: 528
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.98lbs
Size: 8.25h x 5.52w x 1.37d
ISBN: 9780316787536

Review Citation(s):
New York Times 07/14/2002 pg. 24
Entertainment Weekly 07/19/2002 pg. 67
Booksense '76 Jan/Feb 2003 01/01/2003 pg. 1

About the Author
Michael Azerrad is the author of the books Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991, and Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. His writings on music and musicians have appeared in numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Spin, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City.

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