Our Band Could Be Your Life

Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
By Michael Azerrad (Electronic Book, 2012)
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, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316247184

    • On Sale Date: 12/01/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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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, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.

Michael Azerrad is the author of the bestselling Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana and Screaming Life: A Chronicle of the Seattle Music Scene. His writings on music and musicians have appeared in numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Revolver, Spin, and Billboard.
  • "The book will be fresh even for those whose lives these bands were. . . . All thirteen profiles are page-turners." (Village Voice).

  • "Altogether rocking'. . . . Azerrad's coup here is in getting most of the major players to talk. . . . A scrapbook from the last time music mattered." (Austin American-Statesman).

  • "A timely reminder that Cobain and company were merely a key regiment in the motley alt-rock army. . . . Our Band Could Be Your Life narrates, down to the homemade posters and tour van repairs, how these bands gradually built up an audience large enough to make record labels and critics take notice." (Time.com).

  • "In the decade Azerrad covers, indie America proved that world-class rock could be created outside corporate structures. . . . . Our Band Could Be Your Life passionately resurrects thirteen indie groups. . . . Azerrad is adept at drawing out musicians' war stories--and this bare-bones movement was full of them." (New York Times Book Review).

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Our Band Could Be Your Life
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • Pages: 528
  • ISBN-13: 9780316247184
  • On Sale Date: 12/01/2012
Our Band Could Be Your Life