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Confusion Is Next: The Sonic Youth Story

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  451 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
"Alternative" rock has now gone mainstream, yeah, yeah, Lollapalooza is captivating a generation, and Nirvana sells millions of albums, but before all of this in-yr-face stuff there was Sonic Youth.

Sonic Youth are the floorboards of the current fertile musical era in which underground culture has, like it or not, become the mainstream. Confusion Is Next boasts exclusive in
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 15th 1994 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1994)
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Nov 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore SY nerds only.
One thing I learned about this book is that Sonic Youth's music is a lot more interesting than the wizards behind the curtain. And that's okay! They can't all be Motley Crue or Fleetwood Mac. But hey - the SY crew is just four folks who just so happen to enjoy making brilliant noise. When the most scandalous aspect of a band's history is that the guitarist and bass player got married, had a daughter and moved into a pretty house, you know it's time to put down the book and pick up the stereo rem ...more
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
sonic youth needs more books written about them.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago when I was in high school and really really into Sonic Youth.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: musica
le parti eccessivamente descrittive del contesto musicale dei sonic youth sono decisamente troppe per chi non è del tutto un neofita della band -e la traduzione è a volte zoppicante- ma in generale è una buona, se non ottima, introduzione alla storia della band.
Will Hassett
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's a good book. You can obviously tell the author is a fan (a big one at that). Once you get past the 'I know more about rock then you do and Sonic Youth is MY favorite band' parts then its a great introduction into Sonic Youth and how they made it to near infamousness without major record deal backing.

The book basically introduces you to Sonic Youth and in my opinion, it could've gotten into WAYYY more detail but this is just an introduction. So all in all, it's a good book to read for any S
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Shelves: 2008
Continuing 2008's nonfiction list, if you're into Sonic Youth, this is a good history of the band and its place in the No Wave and alternative rock scenes and the nineties' cultural revolution that centered on Nirvana. Foege sometimes fumbles a bit with the big-picture commentary, but he also nails it when he says, writing soon after Kurt Cobain's suicide, that his death "will end up serving, in some way, as (at least) a symbolic end" of the nineties alt-rock revolution. Yep.
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands, and I think Foege did a great job especially of showing how the band rose out of the No Wave scene, but he goes off on long tangents at times and loses focus. The book also has pacing problems--I felt like he spent too much time on the early portion of the band's career, then rushed through the making of Daydream Nation and Goo. Still, a good read.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
Learnt many interesting facts about things i've never thought about wanting to know. Have been a Sonic Youth fan for years, but after reading this, now have a new appreciation for each of their albums (and of course, Kim Gordon). Unfortunately the book ended with Experimental Jet set, Trash and No Star....would love to hear what the author has got to say from there on....
Timothy Minneci
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading about the early history of SY and their impact on the evolution of the alternative/independent music scene of the 80s and 90s. A few too many instances of the author injecting his personal opinions or observations than necessary that come across as smarmy and self-serving.
Jesse Miller
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this as a history of underground 80s rock. Still, reading about music is like dancing to architecture.
Joe Miller
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
You have to be a pretty big fan to like this one, I think.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good introduction into the history of Sonic Youth, but could've gone into more detail. More SY books coming out this year.
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Wait, we're not Nirvana? Wtf.
Anna Bond
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic, music
Poorly written and confusing, but I sure love Sonic Youth.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a die-hard Sonic Youth fan this is a must read.
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
A quick-read about one of the most interesting indie bands.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recently read this again. Love Sonic Youth so it was fun to read again after 14 years.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
very informative and interesting book if you are in to music. you begin to realize just how influential they really are .doesn't really matter if you like them or not.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: rock-criticism
Love the band, book wasn't very interesting. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a huge SY fan or music history completist.
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sonic youth fans
Shelves: truestory, noise
i learned all about the the noise rock scene in the NYC 80s. also, it's better than any velvet underground bio i've read.
An adequate telling of the bands history.
Sharon Rigby
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not usually a reader of biographies but really lived this one. Such a great look into the art of music.
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