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08/24/2001 recent reading

I really dug Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. Just came out in hardback, good cross-section of a sample of the 80s indie band culture, many of whom contributed mightily to my musical education. That there are chapters devoted to Mission of Burma, Big Black, Minutemen, and Beat Happening sold me on the book, but it's all good. Sometimes he accomodates himself a bit too strongly to the point of view of whoever he's interviewing, but it's a small flaw, and perhaps the only history we're ever going to get of this scene. And this book seems to have helped convince 'Burma to reunite for two shows, so it's worth a purchase for that reason alone.

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