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Everybody Loves Our Town an Oral History of Grunge

Everybody Loves Our Town an Oral History of Grunge

Author: Yarm Mark
$29.95 (AUD)  inc GST
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A "Time" Magazine Best Book of 2011, Featuring Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney and more!
Twenty years after the release of Nirvana's landmark album "Nevermind" comes "Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge," the definitive word on the grunge era, straight from the mouths of those at the center of it all.
In 1986, fledgling Seattle label C/Z Records released "Deep Six," a compilation featuring a half-dozen local bands: Soundgarden, Green River, Melvins, Malfunkshun, the U-Men and Skin Yard. Though it sold miserably, the record made music history by documenting a burgeoning regional sound, the raw fusion of heavy metal and punk rock that we now know as grunge. But it wasn't until five years later, with the seemingly overnight success of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," that "grunge" became a household word and Seattle ground zero for the nineties alternative-rock explosion.
"Everybody Loves Our Town" captures the grunge era in the words of the musicians, producers, managers, record executives, video directors, photographers, journalists, publicists, club owners, roadies, scenesters and hangers-on who lived through it. The book tells the whole story: from the founding of the "Deep Six" bands to the worldwide success of grunge's big four (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains); from the rise of Seattle's cash-poor, hype-rich indie label Sub Pop to the major-label feeding frenzy that overtook the Pacific Northwest; from the simple joys of making noise at basement parties and tiny rock clubs to the tragic, lonely deaths of superstars Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley.
Drawn from more than 250 new interviews--with members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees, Hole, Melvins, Mudhoney, Green River, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, L7, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, TAD, the U-Men, Candlebox and many more--and featuring previously untold stories and never-before-published photographs, "Everybody Loves Our Town" is at once a moving, funny, lurid, and hugely insightful portrait of an extraordinary musical era.

"Yarm's affectionate, gossipy, detailed look at the highs and lows of the contemporary Seattle music scene is one of the most essential rock
books of recent years."
--"Kirkus Review, *Starred Review*"
"Hardcore fans of grunge will treasure this."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"Yarm, a former editor of "Blender," interviewed more than 250 musicians, scenesters, and record business types
to deliver a personal, comprehensive history of grunge music...Highly recommended."
--"Library Journal"
"Mark Yarm has assembled the gospels of Grunge music. Here is a warts-and-elbows refresher course for those of us who still find our memories of the era a little hazy."
�Chuck Palahniuk, author of "Fight Club
""A very noble record of the grunge scene--and an excellent addition to the growing library of oral history music books."
--Legs McNeil, coauthor of "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" and the forthcoming "Resident Punk"
"Great oral histories are rare. Hewing a narrative from all those chaotic and often conflicting memories with testimony alone and no guide-prose or stage direction is difficult. Making that somehow intimate "and" epic is nearly impossible. When a writer pulls it off, as Mark has with Everybody Loves Our Town, it's really a gift: the subject or scene finally gets its definitive record and the reader gains what feels like a room full of brand new friends. One of the best rock reads in a very long time."
�Marc Spitz (co-author "We Got The Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk," music blogger
"In "Everybody Loves Our Town," Mark Yarm collects and dispenses remarkable insights about a genre no one even wants to claim as their own. As a child of grunge - who spent a humiliating chunk of the 1990s in an Alice in Chains t-shirt - I loved this book; it clarified so many things about a sound and a time I thought I already knew."
�Amanda Petrusich, au
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  • : March 2012
  • : 204mm X 132mm X 35mm
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