Goodbye 20th Century
David Browne
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Buy *Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth* by David Browne online

Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth
David Browne
Da Capo Press
464 pages
June 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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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.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2009

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