Michael Azerrad - Our Band Could Be Your Life (2001)
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The Best Books About Music
38. Michael Azerrad - Our Band Could Be Your Life (2001)
Azerrad powers through 13 brief but informative biographies of some of the key bands in US indie following the explosive arrival of the Sex Pistols on American shores in 1978. Kicking off with the punk uberlords Black Flag, he takes in cult heroes (Mission Of Burma, Big Black), the pioneers who moved to major labels (Husker Du, The Replacements) and some of the "lifers" who are still working at it to this day (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr). Inspirational and full of great anecdotes, dysfunctional behaviour and genuine punk rock, it will make you want to form your own band.