Rolling Stone's Alt Rock-a-rama

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Delta, 1996 - Music - 492 pages
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A provocative, irreverent, and indispensable resource book on the most popular music of our day, from Rolling Stone magazine--the most trusted name on alternative music.

As the fastest growing category of popular music, alternative rock now can claim nearly every fan of rock & roll.††From the early days of Iggy Pop and the Velvet Underground, to Pearl Jam and Pavement, the alternative music revolution has been unfolding for over twenty years.††Now, from Rolling Stone magazine , Rolling Stones's Alt-Rock-A-Rama, a unique compendium on the history and culture of the alternative music scene.††Chock full of facts, trivia, anecdotes, critiques, top ten lists and riffs from alt-rockers themselves, Alt-Rock-A-Rama is the essential book to chronicle the ongoing alternative rock revolution.††Featuring both hugely popular bands such as R.E.M. and U2 as well as more obscure acts such as Alex Chilton and the dB's, this fascinating collection offers everything you need to know and more about alternative rock.††Sample entries include:

— 105 Alt-Rock Supergroups We Hope Never Happen

— The Greatest Garage Recordings of the Twentieth Century

— The Five Worst Rock Club Rest Rooms in the U.S.

— Ten Bootlegs that Illustrate the Origins of Punk

— Set List for the Ramones' First Live Performance

— The Best and Worst Things About Owning an Indie Label

— Eight Really Dumb Things the Replacements Did

For die-hard Alt-Rockers, old-time music lovers, and anyone interested in popular culture, Rolling Stones's Alt-Rock-A-Rama is the most definitive resource guide of the alternative music revolution.

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Close on the heels of the Spin Alternative Record Guide (LJ 8/95) comes a less practical, but frankly more enjoyable, compendium of "alternative" rock miscellany. The book begins weakly, with three ... Read full review


Foreword by Chris Mundy xiii
The Greatest Garage Recordings
Ten Bootlegs That Illustrate the Origins of Punk

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SCOTT SCHINDER is the author of several books about popular music and culture, including Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A-Rama. He has written for such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, and Creem.

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