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About Michael Azerrad
MICHAEL AZERRAD is a music journalist, author, and musician. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Spin, the Wall Street Journal and many others. He frequently appears on television, radio, and documentaries as a cultural and musical observer, and was the drummer in the King of France, whose debut album was released in 2005. He is the author of the books Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981–1991, and the newly published Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Music.
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Music journalist Michael Azerrad had unique access to the band and spent many months interviewing each member at length, as well as their friends, relatives and associates. The story of Nirvana is one of the most dramatic in rock history. In only three years they came to dominate the music scene and were lauded as the voice of emerging Generation X. But the price of such sudden and huge success was high.
Azerrad tracks Nirvana’s rise, from backwoods Aberdeen to global stardom. He tells the truth about Cobain’s drug use, and his intense relationship with wife Courtney Love, a powerful personality and singer with her own band. Both had survived fractured families and now, hounded by press and fans alike, their every move was watched and judged. In 1994 Cobain took his own life.
In the years since this tragedy Come as You Are has come to be seen as the definitive biography of Nirvana. Originally published six months prior to Cobain’s death, Azerrad added a poignant chapter detailing the final year of his life, and the spiral of pain, pressure and addiction which led to his suicide.
Nirvana remain one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 20th century. Nevermind has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
‘Revelations are manifold... the final chapter maker for particularly poignant reading...one of the 50 best music books ever’ – Q Magazine
‘Amazingly raw and candid… An unsparing and extremely honest depiction of the group’s highly tumultuous history… A wizardly combination of smart journalism and intelligent analysis, Come as You Are is as good as rock bios get’ - Billboard
‘Really takes you inside both the business and soul of rock ’n’ roll, providing the lurid details and lucid pop criticism, too’ – Los Angeles Times
‘Come as You Are is the first book to comprehensively tell the band’s tale from Aberdeen, Washington to world domination’ – Rolling Stone
‘One of the few memorable, indispensable books about alternative rock’ – Fort Worth Star Telegram
Michael Azerrad is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. A former writer/associate producer for MTV News, he has written for many publications, among them Spin, Us, Details, Pulse, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly. His book Our Band Could Be Your Life was rated by The Guardian in 2006 as one of the 50 best music books ever written. He lives in New York.
Our Band Could Be Your Life is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties -- when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives re-energized American rock with punk's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith is an indie rock classic in its own right.
The bands profiled include:
- Sonic Youth
- Black Flag
- The Replacements
- Husker Du
- Minor Threat
- Mission of Burma
- Butthole Surfers
- Big Black
- Beat Happening
- Dinosaur Jr.