The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever.
‘This book will be fresh even for those whose lives these bands were…All thirteen profiles are page-turners.’ –Robert Christgau, Village Voice

This is the never-before-told 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: Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Minutemen, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Minor Threat, Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Mudhoney, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.

‘A compelling book…Azerrad exhaustively chronicles thirteen legendary, wholly deserving bands.’ –Spin
Format Paperback | 528 pages
Dimensions 140 x 209 x 35mm | 446g
Language English