- 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 (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge Paperback – 8 Sep 2011
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'Mark Yarm has assembled the gospels of grunge music.'
'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
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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 loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough. The whole thing is written through interview segments but it is arranged into a very coherent and gripping narrative. Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by Gary G
This makes for a fantastic read on Grunge, the last great era in rock music, the 90's which bought some of the great rock bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and more,... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
I have only just started reading this book but so far its an interesting read. The author seems to know what he is talking about .Published on 9 May 2013 by Nicole Clark
If you are into music from the Seattle area, then this is must read.
I would like to see more cross referencing of the character names to which band they played in.
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. Read more