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Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
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Oct 09, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2001

It may be sacrilege to some, and even laughable to others, but Chuck Klosterman may just filling in the gap in my medulla oblongata left by the death of Lester Bangs. "Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey In Rural North Dakota" is a fascinating, insightful recounting of Klosterman's heavy metal obsession dating back to his days as a teenager in North Dakota. His unabashed love for not just metal, but rock and roll, shines through on every page, and his often hilarious stories of an adolescence seemingly filled with getting his hands on the latest slab of vinyl by his Marshall-totin' heroes may be cathartic to some, not the least of whom is Klosterman himself, who, in the book's next to last chapter, cops to a serious drinking problem. Although at times a tad overanalytical on a subject which probably doesn't warrant it, I still couldn't put it down. In a perfect world, this, and not Shakespeare, would be required reading in America's high schools. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next...
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