Wednesday, February 14, 2007

More Recommended Reading: Our Band Could Be Your Life

Whether you have been inspired, intrigued, or angered by the posting below and are now willing to delve into the music underworld, your best bet is to start with the excellent book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad. The book chronicles the birth of American indie and "college" rock. It's title, taken from The Minutemen song "History Lesson, Pt II" refers to the power of punk rock and underground rock as a whole, emphasizing the "DIY" (Do It Yourself) attitude that seems to string these very diverse bands together.

Bands chronicled include:

Black Flag
The Minutemen
Mission of Burma
Minor Threat
Hüsker Dü
The Replacements
Sonic Youth
Butthole Surfers
Big Black
Dinosaur Jr.
Beat Happening

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