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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (8 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571249868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571249862
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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'Mark Yarm has assembled the gospels of grunge music.'
--Chuck Palahniuk

'A deeply funny story, as well as a deeply sad story - the glorious nineties moment when a bunch of punk rock bands from Seattle accidentally blew up into the world's biggest noise.' --Rob Sheffield, author of Talking To Girls about Duran Duran

'A definitive, irreplaceable chronicle of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest eras. It should sit tall on any rock lover's bookshelf.' --Neal Pollack, author of Never Mind the Pollacks

'A very noble record of the grunge scene - and an excellent addition to the growing library of oral history music books.' --Legs McNeil, co author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

'As a child of grunge - who spent a humiliating chunk of the 1990s in an Alice in Chains t-shirt - I loved this book.'
--Amanda Petrusich, author of It Still Moves

'Mark Yarm has assembled the gospels of grunge.' --Chuck Palahniuk

'Exhilirating ... a story that is hilarious and tragic and utterly gripping ... The rise of grunge was a part of the music industry's last hurrah and this book skilfully documents the inside story of that one final, fantastically excessive thrash.' --Rob Fitzpatrick, SUNDAY TIMES

'[A] lively, funny, melancholy and exhaustive oral history ... For all its eventual compromise and dissolution, Seattle was briefly an exhilarating pop cultural moment to rank with the greats. Yarm's labour of love has well and truly done it justice.' --Phil Harrison, TIME OUT

'A flannel-shirted soap opera ... The great virtue of Yarm's babel of voices is that it allows scores of other stories to be told and retold without judgment. You, the reader, can believe what you want to believe.' --Dorian Lynskey, OBSERVER

'Yarm ensures grunge's many tragedies never drown out the often sublime music that surfaced from this rainy burgh.'
--Stevie Chick, MOJO ****

'A timely account ... [with] vivid, foul-mouthed anecdotes of rivalry, excess and despair.' -- Arthur House, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year >> '[A] Herculean work of interviewing and editing which gives everyone a voice ... Yarm collates colourful, competing memories with some droll juxtapositions ... Yarm leaves the reader full of empathy for young men and women swept up in a cultural moment they couldn't control.' --Dorian Lynskey, Guardian

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Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge by Mark Yarm - publishing exactly twenty years after the release of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind - will be the definitive word on grunge.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Asphodelia TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2012
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If you are (or were) a fan of `grunge', the chances are that you will recognise the title of this book from the Mudhoney song `Overblown'. `Everyboy loves us' - it begins - `Everybody loves our town/...it's so overblown' sang Mark Arm, aptly describing the media circus surrounding Seattle and the `grunge' phenomenon. Everybody looked at Seattle as the next Mecca of rock, but how did it actually happen? What was it like from the inside?

That is exactly what former music journalist Mark Yarm set out to do with with this project: to make sense of grunge by asking the bands, the roadies, the soundmen, the girlfriends and the hangers on: what happened? He did so by compiling an oral history, entirely told by `witness accounts' rather than by his own authorial voice. The result is a compelling read, which will captivate you right from the first chapter - on how The U-Men once set fire to the stage - right until the end, when the grunge supernova implodes, leaving a string of casualties along the way.

This collection of interviews, loosely grouped by band but expertly interwoven in chronological order, offers an almost seamless narrative which has the page-turning quality of the best fiction. Yarm pieced ELOT together from both existing and new material; by doing so, he succeeded in creating an incredibly comprehensive `bible' of grunge, with cross referencing questions and answers and whose protagonists often give their own version of events only described a few paragraphs before. The result is often very amusing, with discordant opinions on what really happened and all people in question offering their own contradicting version. Predictably, anecdotes involving Courtney Love seem to invariably be cause for disagreement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claudio AM on 6 Mar. 2013
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Such a good book.
At first I thought it was going to be difficult to read since it is basically a collection of quotes from all the people involved in the scene, from regular concert goers to musicians, but then realized how good all those quotes were put together to form a perfect text.

Would recommend to anyone who wants to know THE history of grunge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By haydodolphin on 9 Feb. 2012
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This book is basically written by the prominent 'grunge' musicians of the late 80's and early 90's. It is essentially a combination of interviews where the likes of Tad Doyle, King Buzzo, Mark Arm, Kim Thayil, and just about every other relevent grunge legend tell their side of the story. From their bands touring (often with no money) through to drug abuse, band rivalry / friendships, and everything in between, i found this book engaging and very difficult to put down. I would strongly recommend this book to any grunge fan, you really can't go wrong.
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I wouldn't call 'Everybody Loves Our Town' a well written book, rather a superbly edited one, as Mark Yarm tells the story of Grunge through the voices of those who were there. Being a teenager at the time of Nirvana's 'Nevermind', I will always have a soft spot for grunge as it was the first genre that I could call my own. Very quickly I realized that I wasn't going to be able to put this book down, and so I finished it off in a couple of days. I also found myself riding the waves of emotions that I felt many moons ago. Firstly the exhilaration of seeing this gang of outsiders and misfits not only breaking into the mainstream, but actually coming to define a generation. Then the sadness and anger, as just as soon as it exploded, it started to fade, amid the usual cliches of rock and roll. Excess and greed, oh so predictable really! Hindsight, as it is, will tell us that as soon as the major labels got their claws into Seattle they were always going to bleed it dry, and they did. Though the lack of decent Seattle bands to follow in the wake of Nirvana, Pearl Jam etc. meant it was never going to last. All in all, it's a great book, though sadly one without a happy ending.
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By P. Biggs on 30 Jan. 2013
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Got this for Xmas 2012 from my best mate & fellow indie kid. We're grown up now - sort of, but I've still got some of the flannel band shirts. The DMs, lumberjack shirts, ripped jean shorts have all perished though.

I loved this book, congratulations to the author for the serious effort that must have been involved here.

A mostly chronological talking heads of Seattle sound and definitely portrays the critical mass that became the grunge thing. Funny, sad and not many punches pulled either...

Thank god for the cast of characters at the back, this thing must have more names in it than War and Peace. Probably could have done with the E book version too, so I could search back for things as I read this more as a history book than a straight book.

I wish I was part of a critical mass, but then I'm glad I'm not :)
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I haven't quite finished it yet but couldn't wait to post a review- yes, it's that good!
Yarm has created a well crafted, well researched book that really does the job. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a liking for the Grunge scene. I'm a music snob who likes underground bands and pride myself on knowing about bands that other don't (sad I know). But even I found out about bands that had slipped past me. I am now eagerly awaiting an album by Alcohol Funnycar.
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