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    Rave Ups: Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

    Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981 -1991 by Michael Azerrad Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s 3rd Rock book chronicles the early histories of 13 original American Indie rock/Hardcore bands.  Including the following: Black Flag The Minutemen Mission of Burma Minor Threat Husker Du The Replacements Sonic Youth Butthole Surfers Big Black Dinosaur Jr. Fugazi Mudhoney & Sub Pop Records Beat Happening Azerrad [...]

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    Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981 -1991 by Michael Azerrad

    Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s 3rd Rock book chronicles the early histories of 13 original American Indie rock/Hardcore bands.  Including the following:

    Black Flag
    The Minutemen
    Mission of Burma
    Minor Threat
    Husker Du
    The Replacements
    Sonic Youth
    Butthole Surfers
    Big Black
    Dinosaur Jr.
    Fugazi
    Mudhoney & Sub Pop Records
    Beat Happening

    Azerrad deftly puts together each of the bands histories, explaining their background, how they laid the ground work for today’s network of independent labels and venues, and explained how they influenced the world around them.   He makes careful note to qualify his decisions to cover only certain bands and out of those band to focus on their independent releases.  For example, he limits his coverage of The Replacements (one of my favorite bands) up to just after the release of Pleased To Meet Me.  One obvious omission from the book is R.E.M., having come into existence around the time the book is covering and being on independent label IRS.  Azerrad explains that he purposely did not include R.E.M. since they were one of the first Indie groups to sign to a major label and become hugely popular.  The title of the book is taken from a song by the Minutemen.

    Check out some of my favorite tracks from the bands below.

     

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    Posted originally: 2009-03-04 23:38:24
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