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Goodbye 20Th Century: Sonic Youth and the rise of alternative nation [Paperback]

David Browne
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4 Jun 2009
There has never been a rock institution quite like Sonic Youth. Their distinctive, uncompromising sound provided a map for innumerable musicians who followed, and in 2005, CMJ, the bible of the indie and alternative music work, ranked them no. 3 on its list of the 25 most influential artists of the last quarter century. But their impact does not end with their music. The Sonic Youth worldview encompasses punk rock, trashy pulp fiction, pop-art minimalism, contemporary classical composition, glam rock, leftist politics, feminist iconography, and ironic humour. Countless musicians and artists - including Kurt Cobain, Beck, Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola - were introduced to the world thanks to Sonic Youth. In Goodbye 20th Century, David Browne tells the full glorious story of 'the Velvet Underground of their generation', based on extensive research, fresh interviews with the band and those who have worked with them, and unprecedented access to unreleased recordings and documents. Complete with never before published photos and artwork, Goodbye 20th Century is a richly detailed account of an iconic band and the times they helped create.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749929413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749929411
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonic Youth's career is chronicled in this comprehensive, authorised biography. This has little competition for a dedicated fanbase. (BOOKSELLER)

Brown succeeds in capturing the personalities and debates that shape the band's character (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

Browne's book, is a purposeful, detailed pleasure (THE TIMES)

An essential history of an esential band. (RECORD COLLECTOR)

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The fully authorised biography of the Godfathers of indie rock

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot believe I am the first! 9 Aug 2009
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After having read this and Psychic Confusion, I am surprised there are no reviews for this book. Read this one first and thoroughly enjoyed it. Liked the way there were multiple introductions written. This book concentrated much more on introducing the reader to each member of the group and the various drummers over the years. You get a bit more 'personal' with the band and their previous lives here. The early 80's were covered in more depth here too than Psychic Confusion, which seemed to concentrate more on the 90s grunge scene. To get a fuller story on Sonic Youth, and also to get to 'know' the band members themselves a bit more, then I would read this book too aswell as Psychic Confusion. Top stuff.
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