Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
Titled after a Minutemen lyric, Our Band Could Be Your Life focuses on 13 iconic American bands of the 80s. The style of writing is a little more "rock music critic" than I tend to like, but I did enjoy the book, particularly the Minutemen section--Mike Watt and D. Boon's intense friendship makes for a compelling chapter. Sure, the book is missing a lot of bands, but that's a bit of a ridiculous criticism, as you could fill ten volumes on the decade and still not cover it all. Overall it's worth reading, though unless you're a newcomer to this music there probably won't be too much new information for you to digest.