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Goodbye 20Th Century: Sonic Youth and the rise of alternative nation

David Browne

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Music: styles & genres, Prose: non-fiction, Sociology & anthropology

The fully authorised biography of the Godfathers of indie rock

There has never been a rock institution quite like Sonic Youth. Their distinctive, uncompromising sound provided a map for innumerable musicians who followed, and in 2005, CMJ, the bible of the indie and alternative music work, ranked them no. 3 on its list of the 25 most influential artists of the last quarter century. But their impact does not end with their music. The Sonic Youth worldview encompasses punk rock, trashy pulp fiction, pop-art minimalism, contemporary classical composition, glam rock, leftist politics, feminist iconography, and ironic humour. Countless musicians and artists - including Kurt Cobain, Beck, Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola - were introduced to the world thanks to Sonic Youth.
In Goodbye 20th Century, David Browne tells the full glorious story of 'the Velvet Underground of their generation', based on extensive research, fresh interviews with the band and those who have worked with them, and unprecedented access to unreleased recordings and documents. Complete with never before published photos and artwork, Goodbye 20th Century is a richly detailed account of an iconic band and the times they helped create.

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Praise for Goodbye 20Th Century: Sonic Youth and the rise of alternative nation

  • Sonic Youth s career is chronicled in this comprehensive, authorised biography. This has little competition for a dedicated fanbase. - BOOKSELLER

  • Brown succeeds in capturing the personalities and debates that shape the band's character - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • Browne's book, is a purposeful, detailed pleasure - THE TIMES

  • An essential history of an esential band. - RECORD COLLECTOR

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David Browne

David Browne is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead and Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970, as well as biographies of Sonic Youth and Jeff and Tim Buckley. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, The New Republic, and other outlets. He lives in Manhattan.

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