Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

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Gotham Books, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 362 pages
The first biography of Yo La Tengo, the massively influential band who all but defined indie music.

Yo La Tengo has lit up the indie scene for three decades, part of an underground revolution that defied corporate music conglomerates, eschewed pop radio, and found a third way. Going behind the scenes of one of the most remarkable eras in American music history, Big Day Coming traces the patient rise of husband-and-wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, who--over three decades--helped forge a spandex-and-hairspray-free path to the global stage, selling millions of records along the way and influencing countless bands.

Using the continuously vital Yo La Tengo as a springboard, Big Day Coming uncovers the history of the legendary clubs, bands, zines, labels, record stores, college radio stations, fans, and pivotal figures that built the infrastructure of the now-prevalent indie rock world. Journalist and freeform radio DJ Jesse Jarnow draws on all-access interviews and archives for mesmerizing trip through contemporary music history told through one of its most creative and singular acts.

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User Review  - Caryn.Rose - LibraryThing

Phenomenal effort to chronicle not just a band, but a movement, a way of making music, a way of thinking, a community - all of which no longer exists the way it used to. I am biased because I lived in ... Read full review

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User Review  - cdogzilla - LibraryThing

If you've got a Yo La Tengo album in your collection, you'll probably enjoy the read. I've been a fan of the band for 25+ years and there was plenty in it that I hadn't already read somewhere else ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jesse Jarnow is a music journalist and the host of The Frow Show on WFMU, an independent radio station based in Jersey City. His work has appeared in The London Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is in the band Sloppy Heads.

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