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It was just them onstage—the ultimate DIY. You can find beauty in even the least aesthetically pleasing places and sounds. And this band managed to move a couple of people while up there tinkering and laying it on the line. But here you have parents loading up coolers with turkey sandwiches and duffel bags with bundles of Salvation Army t-shirts and socks, all so their kids can travel across the country in metal deathtraps to get drunk, beat up, and spat upon.
God bless! I never got into them, and after the chapter in the book I thought I maybe should?
The bit about them being unlistenable and unable to really play their instruments stuck with me. We can agree or disagree on Calvin Johnson, but I think he has to be mentioned regardless.
And oh man, the Deep Wound sweater sounded absolutely glorious. Motion to hand-knit some for the Book Club? Can anyone knit? We should definitely have matching Deep Wound sweaters.
Also, what are we calling ourselves? I vote The Aux. Best Friends Book Club. Of course, you could write an entire book about the mystique of Cobain, grunge taking off, etc.
They were mentioned briefly in the Mudhoney chapter, but since they really were the bridge between DIY and mainstream acclaim, against all odds, I think that would have been a valuable chapter to include at the end.
I think I would have liked to see a chapter on the Bad Brains. They pop up a lot in passing and clearly influenced a lot of these bands. Can we talk about the violence in this book? I found it especially strange to read the bits where MacKaye talks about his own self-image.
He just seemed hypocritical to me. Oddly enough, a lot of these fighters came from educated families and the right side of the tracks. Perhaps because I was in diapers during the Reagan years.
Then again, at least for one show, so was Mike Watt. MacKaye tells an anecdote about some jock or the like giving he and his friends shit on the street for how they looked, and how the six of them jumped him, saying it was a revelation that they could stand up to these guys with their strength in numbers. It seems self-defeating and, at Matt pointed out, it proves the point of all the people you want to prove wrong.
Not to mention becoming what you hate, as the kind of verbal and physical abuse they suffered in high school, they basically decided was okay to dole out to certain kinds of people.
And it just goes round and round.
Is it possible to be noteworthy and not gather a posse of hangers-on? I doubt it. And I guess maybe that tension, among other kinds of tension, made violence easier and more comfortable to come by.
I agree with the unnecessary violence, but I think it comes out of destitution, exhaustion, and survival. I talked earlier before about whether this model could stand up today, whether the violence, the chauvinism and what these bands were about could function as a model.
There was R. There seemed to be no other option but to fight. Like MacKaye said there were two groups of people you could be in D. Today the industry is so stratified, everybody fits in somewhere. But I also think the violence was a reaction to the hippie movement too — and not wanting to be co-opted into a marketing scheme by record labels.
Honestly I would have loved for R. I think it would bring a lot and for you know how influential they were, too, get in to talking about college radio. I will knit us all Book Club sweaters.
Did we tell people that you have to read this cross-legged while holding a mug with two hands? Ok guys parting thoughts.
Along the lines of context vs. Understanding where stuff like that came from i. In other words, plenty to rail against. As my boy David Foster Wallace was so fond of pointing out, we live in an age of unprecedented irony. The people making this music were nothing if not earnest. And I just think these days people find it easier to scoff and niggle and go back to their screens. Looking forward to that sweater to stave off the last frost of this most cruel month, Jeremy.
Anyone can self-release music via Soundcloud, share their thoughts about music on a blog they start themselves and subsequently share that within their own communities an on a global scale. To boot, cassettes and vinyl sales have arguably increased, especially in recent years, championed by labels such as Burger Records, Third Man, and Sacred Bones.
There was something behind all of these bands that reminded me of something sort of strange: It was about him going to the Super Bowl, the one where the Bears won, and seeing the enormous head of Ronald Reagan projected on the relatively newly invented Jumbotron.
He writes:. Azerrad implies as much in the intro, but it seems like for most of these people, the political climate ignited them with a feeling of unrest. So they used that anger.
Sometimes it came out in political lyrics about the working class, and sometimes, it came through with cracked skulls. So every one of these bands felt like a necessary reaction to the bigger picture.
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