August 8, 2004
Our Band Could Be Your Life was a fascinating, in-depth biography of both many indie bands of the early 80's, but also an insightful history of the early indie scene and the labels that supported these bands. Michael Azerrad brings the period to life through interviews with band members, label owners, and other musicians. Sonic Youth, the Replacements, Fugazi and others have chapters dedicated to their history, and all were entertaining and informative. If nothing else, this book might prompt you to pick up an extra cd or two at the merchandise booth at the next show you attend, after reading how hard it is for indie musicians to make ends meet.
I'll announce the next book tomorrow, after I have a chance to drop by the bookstore. Does anyone else have other recommendations for music books?