A Journey Through My Past....,
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This review is from: Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge (Paperback)
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.