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

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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.
 

About Michael Azerrad

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Michael Azerrad is the author of Come As You Are and Our Band Could Be Your Life. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, and Details.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 1 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Early “hardcore” bands such as L.A.’s Black Flag treated the established order with contempt (resulting in their famed clashes with police), while out-there Texas rockers Butthole Surfers were embraced by punks for their compellingly weird, puerile antics.

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Entertainment Weekly

For his extensively researched recap of the post-punk '80s, music journo Michael Azerrad chronicles 13 acts -- from sadly beautiful drunks (the Replacements) to straight-edge punks (Minor Threat) -- united by a desire to crowd into a van and careen from state to state, winning over fans one f...

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Pajiba

fights between Rollins and the audience became so routine that the band wouldn't even skip a note as he gave some young punk a thrashing.) Concerts were often held at VFWs, Elks Lodges and even abandoned buildings because the regular venues either weren't interested or refused to hold all-ages s...

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The Paris Review

Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life featured the story of thirteen seminal indie bands from 1981–1991.

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The Paris Review

Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life featured the story of thirteen seminal indie bands from 1981–1991.

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