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Sonic Youth never had big singles or partook in major tours. But they have managed to remain a going concern here 28 years after they first emerged from the alternative music scene in New York. Last year, the indie film
Juno brought them new fans with a big-selling cover version of the Carpenters' "Superstar". Starbucks stocked their album recently, and their trademark song, "Kool Thing," was adopted for the Guitar Hero: III game.
The author traces their rise from the mean streets of New York. He brings out new details about childhoods and lives pre-Youth. Browne was given all access to the band, and in over 100 interviews, he dispenses all kinds of information
- including the unique way the band handles their business; how they record; and how they have survived.
Without Sonic Youth, you never would have Nirvana. If that makes you smile, then you'll want to read this book to understand how and why.