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Our Band Could Be Your Life

Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

By Michael Azerrad
Narrated by Michael Azerrad, Dave Longstreth, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Franzen, Colin Meloy, Jon Wurster, Merrill Garbus, Fred Armisen, Corey Taylor, Sharon Van Etten, Phil Elverum, Stephin Merritt & Laura Jane Grace / 21 hours 6 minutes
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Our Band Could Be Your Life

“This is my absolute favorite music book - in-depth looks at indie rock bands all across the country during the late 1970s and 1980s showcasing the diversity of music on the margins throughout that decade. Punk aggression, twee affectations, jangly power pop, and college radio bands are all linked in their rejection of the mainstream (at least until they signed to major labels).”

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This is the story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives reenergized American rock with punk rock's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith has been recognized as an indie rock classic in its own right.

Among the bands profiled: Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Big Black, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.

Narrators for this special audiobook edition and the chapters they read include:
Black Flag - read by Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors)

The Minutemen -read by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

Mission of Burma -read by author Jonathan Franzen

Minor Threat -read by Laura Jane Grace (Against Me)

Hüsker Dü - read by Colin Meloy (Decemberists)

Replacements - read by Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Bob Mould Band, The Best Show radio show)

Sonic Youth - read by Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards)

Butthole Surfers - read by comedian Fred Armisen

Big Black -read by Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

Dinosaur Jr -read by Sharon Van Etten

Fugazi -read by Michael Azerrad

Mudhoney - read by Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie)

Beat Happening - read by Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields)

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