Entertain Us: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock in the Nineties

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HarperCollins Australia, Jun 1, 2012 - Performing Arts - 400 pages
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The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock in the Nineties In 1990 alternative music was where it belonged - underground. It left the business of rock stardom to rock stars. But by 1992 alternative rock had spawned a revolution in music and style that transformed youth culture and revived a moribund music industry. Five years later, alternative rock was over, leaving behind a handful of dead heroes, a few dozen masterpieces, and a lot more questions than answers. What, if anything, had the alternative revolution meant? And had it been possible - as so many of its heroes had insisted - for it to be both on MtV and under the radar? Had it used the machinery of corporate rock to destroy corporate rock? In ENtERtAIN US! Craig Schuftan takes you on a journey through the nineties - from Sonic Youth's 'Kool thing' to Radiohead's 'Kid A', NEVERMIND to ODELAY, Madchester to Nu-Metal, Lollapalooza to Woodstock '99 - narrated in the voices of the decade's most important artists. this is the story of alternative rock - the people who made it, the people who loved it, the industry that bought and sold it, and the culture that grew up in its wake - in the last decade of the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1990
Trust the Kids
New Sounds for a New World
We Wanna be Free
Were the Load of Crap
Male White Corporate Oppression
The Nonservice Industries
This Year Sucked
My SoCalled Life
The Best Year
1995
Classic Rock Now
BoredFurious StopStart
The Future of Rock
The Futures Been Sold

Double Seriousness
Freedom isnt Free
1991
A Popular Consensus
Last Chance
Spending Our Childrens Inheritance
Dealing with Things
Learning and Hugging
1992
Platform Double Suede
Useless Generation
Mass Rioting in America
Mega Distribution
A Small Victory
Be True to Yourself
1993
A White Mans Mentality
Your Whole Fucking Culture
Dirty
None of Our Business
Fragments
What Pop Stars Are For
Check Out America
Alternative to Alternative
In the Shade
Family Values
1994
The Job We Never Wanted
Im in the Band
Usual Torments
The Kingdom of the Pleasing
A New Smell
Problems Traumas Whatever
What You Want if Thats What You Want
Intergalactic Pop Megastar
1996
These People are Losers
A Mutually Exploitative Situation
I Am My Own Scene
Learning from Las Vegas
Flux and Chaos
This is How I Feel This is Who I Am
Junkies Promise
1997
Dan Abnormal
The Year of the Women
Happy Thoughts for Your Next Album
Veganistic Views
1998
Watching This World
The Eye of the Storm
Rap Metal Rap Metal
The Bums Will Always Lose
1999
Fields Outside
We Miss Rock Stars
Bigger Than Satan
Musical Hell
Party Malfunction
2000
War Music
Entertain Us
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
About the Author
Copyright

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Muso and pop philosopher Craig Schuftan has written two previous books: CULTURE CLUB and HEY NIETZSCHE! LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE. He broadcasts his program Culture Club each week on Triple J. Last year curated The Eighties exhibition for the Powerhouse Museum. He has a fervid online following.

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