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Big day coming : Yo La Tengo and the rise of indie rock (edition 2012)

by Jesse Jarnow (Author)

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Title:Big day coming : Yo La Tengo and the rise of indie rock
Authors:Jesse Jarnow (Author)
Info:New York : Gotham Books, 2012.
Collections:Moorestown
Rating:***
Tags:biography, music, american, 21c, New Jersey

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

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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 Hoboken in the 80s and spent so much time at Maxwell's I had access to Steve Fallon's apartment to use the bathroom back in those (one ladies' room days) but this captures what things were like, and why they were special, and the confluence of circumstances, down to the scent of the Maxwell House plant when you came out of the club late at night. The research is impeccable. If you enjoyed "This Band Could Be Your Life" or "Everybody Loves Our Town," if you are a student of American rock and roll history, this is another book you should read. Not essential to the canon per se, but a valuable snapshot that has been glossed over and overlooked previously. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
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. The high rating is partly a reflection of my love for the band and their music, I soaked it up like a sponge, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to someone who wasn't a fan of the band, it's not so well-written that I think it would have universal appeal -- a couple times I felt jolted from one paragraph to the next and paged back to make sure I hadn't accidentally skipped a page, but it was just the transition from one anecdote to the next were sometimes abrupt. There's a good deal about the history of indie rock through the lens of the band though, and they are so connected to so many other groups that if you're a fan of any indie rockers of the last 40 years or so, there's probably a mention of them in here. There's a bit of baseball history in here, too, tied to the history of Hoboken that I enjoyed, but I suspect some might find extraneous beyond caring about how the band got its name. ( )
  cdogzilla | Jan 6, 2013 |
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Recounts the career of the indie rock group, detailing how the group's underground following allowed them to reach fame and popularity without hitting the common pitfalls of the music industry.

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