Trissa's Reviews > Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
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Apr 08, 11

Read in April, 2011

You will enjoy this book more if you know the bands or if it was 100 pages shorter. I know this for a fact because I got the most out of the Fugazi chapter. I saw them in concert and have their CD (and they mention Yesterday & Today record store and Rockville!). They talked about how the band would call out people in the audience that caused trouble. One of the concerts I went to, that happened! And the tickets were always $5, just like it said in the book.

I got impatient with all of the silly band names (and the bands were together for like a week) and the "we're so cool, non sell-outs, yell into the microphone, I'm rich but live off of stale bread and sleep in urine/vomit saturated vans, we are SO underground" attitude.

That being said... It's neat to see the music progress from non-musical upper middle class angry teens to musical (is that a word?) hardworking job-holders. From chaos to control. Fugazi exemplified this transition. And the musicians' stories were really interesting and their overlap just an example or part of the definition of the indie-underground.

Great book.
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