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Spin Alternative Record Guide

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
America's premiere alternative music magazine presents a book of outrageously opinionated reviews of the essential albums of punk, new wave, indie rock, grunge, and rap. National ads/media.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paperback, 468 pages
Published November 17th 1998 by Vintage (first published October 10th 1995)
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Mikey Sweetz
Feb 10, 2008 Mikey Sweetz rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mikey by: Found at the bookstore.
OMG, this book was a fucking holy grail for me. I remember seeing it at the (now defunct) Waldenbooks in the mall when I was a senior in high school; a good deal of the artists mentioned sounded like Greek to me, yet it was Greek I wanted to learn. "Neu! ? Who the fuck is Neu! ?"

Fast-forward a year or so, to my first year of college (the one I slept through and flunked most of) when I finally got the much-desired music retail job...suddenly, I had first grabs and could special order any disc I w
Mar 29, 2010 Brady rated it it was amazing
to my knowledge this is WAY THE FUCK out of print, but by no means obsolete. outside Lester Bangs I really and truly don't know of much more eloquent rock writing in such a broad modern rock history as this. it is my go-to reference for rock details, observations, ratings (many of them are FUCKED by the way, they really rip The Cure a new one, unfairly, for instance, i don't think you can safely make the case The Cure is as unremarkable as this book makes them out to be!). if you can find this b ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
Still relevant and topical 2 decades on. Reviews of tons of stuff I didn't yet know I'd like back when the book came out.
Timothy Gabriele
Mar 25, 2008 Timothy Gabriele rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-books
This book was the bible for me growing up. When all of my friends were listening to shitty Victory Records hardcore, I had this to get me through high school. It seems silly since Spin is such a parody of itself now and even then I was a bit embarassed by it, but this back actually does feature interesting overviews by the likes of Byron Coley, Simon Reynolds, Frank Kogan, Michael Eric Dyson, Rob Sheffield, Ann Powers, Etc. I still reference it about as often as All Music Guide. It lead me to di ...more
Sep 13, 2008 Alyx rated it it was amazing
A sentimental favorite. True, history has not looked kindly on this anthology's deletion of influential women's contributions to post-punk or a deeper reading into tropicalia. Also, the hip-hop selections are purely stuff white people like. That said, when I was 12 (pre-file sharing, pre-online radio being standard broadcast procedures for college stations), this was my only window into the world of underground, independent, and alternative music. Also, it was my introduction to the work of jour ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Patrick rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
I got this used for nostalgia's sake, having flipped through it in the bookstores numerous times when it came out in 1995. An "alternative" record guide, yet begins with sections on ABBA and AC/DC. What? And glaring omission include all the brit-pop bands, like Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Sleeper, who were in their heyday during this time period. Checking out the profiles of my favorite bands made me realize why I stopped reading record reviews like a decade ago, but I guess it was still kind of fun ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Obviously needs a serious update to include everything since 1995. But the entries do a good job of reviewing alternative bands and their various albums. It's interesting knowing the output post-1995 and comparing that work to the early albums of artists like PJ Harvey, Hole, Beck, etc.
Apr 06, 2008 CAC rated it really liked it
If you love indie/alt music, get it. Examines bands the Rolling Stones Guides don't do bother with. I bought The Meat Puppets' "Up On The Sun" based on this book, thank god.
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