Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural Nörth Daköta

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Scribner, 2001 - Music - 283 pages

The year is 1983, and Chuck Klosterman just wants to rock. The only problem is, he's in the fifth grade, his hair's too short, his pants are too denim, and the town's too small. The Huey Lewis and the News song blaring out of the radio isn't helping, either. That's when Chuck's brother arrives home with a cassette from hell -- Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil. And so the twisted journey begins...

In this hilarious, young-man-growing-up-with-a-soundtrack tradition, Fargo Rock City chronicles Klosterman's formative years and the history of rock through the lens of '80s heavy metal. He knows what it's like to slow-dance to a Poison tune; to sleep inno- cently under satanic symbols; to confess your lust for Lita Ford; to understand that Bon Jovi sounds best in a pickup; to shoot baskets as a member of the KISS Army; to get intellectual about Guns N' Roses; and, yes, to have a nasty relationship with your first ATM card.

With a voice like Ace Frehley's guitar, Chuck hacks and riffs his way through this savvy, deliriously funny memoir of growing up as a shameless metalhead in Wyndmere, North Dakota. Against all odds, he parties like a rock star. Your story may be exactly the same or completely different, but if you grew up anywhere close to the 1980s, then your life has been touched by hair metal. Chuck Klosterman is here to explain why this matters.

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User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

This book could have easily been one hundred pages shorter. By far my least favorite Klosterman-penned piece... but still intelligent and witty and highly quotable- which I love. Though I wasn't the biggest fan, I know about five people I will be recommending this book to. Read full review

Review: Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

So. The music sucks but you love it anyway. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Chuck Klosterman is a music, film, and culture critic for Ohio's Akron Beacon Journal. He began his career with The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, where he interviewed numerous metal gods and once consumed nothing but McDonald's Chicken McNuggets for seven days straight. Chuck still tries to dance like Axl Rose when he's drunk.

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