Author(s): Michael Azerrad
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-including Black Flag, the Minutemen, Sonic Youth, and Beat Happening-along with labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives, re-energized 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 are Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Big Black, Husker Du, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.
The story of post-punk indie rock in America, and the bands whose do-it-yourself ethic paved the way for the grunge phenomenon of the 1990s.
Jeanne Whitmee began her career as an actress, but she is now a full-time writer with over thirty published novels.