Big Day Coming by Jesse Jarnow
Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

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....it's always allowed the music to be its narrative because the members are private people who philosophically and emotionally shun celebrity and because their stories just aren't that interesting.
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The first biography of Yo La Tengo, the massively influential band who all but defined indie music.

Yo La Tengo has lit up the indie scene for three decades, part of an underground revolution that defied corporate music conglomerates, eschewed pop radio, and found a third way. Going behind the scenes of one of the most remarkable eras in American music history, Big Day Coming traces the patient rise of husband-and-wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, who—over three decades—helped forge a spandex-and-hairspray-free path to the global stage, selling millions of records along the way and influencing countless bands.

Using the continuously vital Yo La Tengo as a springboard, Big Day Coming uncovers the history of the legendary clubs, bands, zines, labels, record stores, college radio stations, fans, and pivotal figures that built the infrastructure of the now-prevalent indie rock world. Journalist and freeform radio DJ Jesse Jarnow draws on all-access interviews and archives for mesmerizing trip through contemporary music history told through one of its most creative and singular acts.

 

About Jesse Jarnow

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JESSE JARNOW is a music journalist and host of The Frow Show on WFMU , an independent radio station based in Jersey City. His work has appeared in The London Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is in the band Sloppy Heads.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Avery. 376 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by MICHAEL AZERRAD on Jun 01 2012

...Mr. Jarnow has written extensively about the Grateful Dead...and Mr. Kaplan is a long-time fan.

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Reviewed by Evelyn McDonnell on Jul 08 2012

....it's always allowed the music to be its narrative because the members are private people who philosophically and emotionally shun celebrity and because their stories just aren't that interesting.

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