Your Band Sucks

Your Band Sucks

What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (but Can No Longer Hear)

Book - 2015
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"Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played various forms of aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes in this memoir, at no point were any of those bands 'ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame.' Yet when members of his first band, Bitch Magnet, reunited after twenty-one years to tour ... diehard longtime fans traveled from far and wide to attend those shows, despite creeping middle-age obligations of parenthood and 9-to-5 jobs, testament to the remarkable staying power of the indie culture that the bands predating the likes of Bitch Magnet--among them Black Flag, Mission of Burma, and Sonic Youth --willed into existence through sheer determination and a shared disdain for the mediocrity of contemporary popular music"
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
ISBN: 9780670026593
Branch Call Number: 782.42092 FINE
Characteristics: xviii, 302 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 12, 2017

"Just gimme indie rock!"-Sebadoh, "Gimme Indie Rock"
While very much overshadowed by the grunge/alternative revolution, the real legacy of the 90s, at least for me, is all the great indie rock that came out of the decade: Pavement, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Suprechunk, Yo La Tengo, and countless others. When indie rock finally broke in the early 00's, it had lost a lot of what made it unique and compelling in the first place and bands like Death Cab and the Shins were fine, but kinda bland. Jon Fine's memoir is a mostly engaging, funny, and insightful look at the period when 80s underground/college rock evolved into 90s indie. Fine was the guitarist in Bitch Magnet, a band that never really made it. Other indie rock acts flirted with major labels, had radio play, played Lolapalooza, or had a video on MTV, but not B.M., which makes this book somewhat original. He writes about what it's like to be in a struggling band who tour in a crappy van, play half-full dingy clubs, and barely make enough money to survive. He has a sense of humor and he loves music, so it's never self-pitying. B.M., like so many of their peers, reunited, got the box set treatment, and finally got some recognition. Fine spends perhaps too time on their reunion tour and the book slogs towards the end. Still, this is a must for any indie rock fan. I'd also recommend "Our Band Could be Your Life," "Get in the Van," and "Big Day Coming."


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