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Wish You Were Here : An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes-from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between

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A snarky, fact-filled look at the people and places that made the indie/punk scene what it is today

The American underground music scene is exploding everywhere-not just in New York City and L.A. (although we've got those cities covered too!):

In Washington, D.C. . . . Ian MacKaye and Fugazi inspired the straightedge culture, which had kids everywhere drawing black X's on their hands in magic marker.

In Omaha, Nebraska . . . A young Conor Oberst, aka Bright Eyes, started writing and performing gut-wrenching love songs at the tender age of thirteen.

On Long Island, New York . . . Taking Back Sunday and Brand New battled for emo supremacy and the fragile hearts of a million teenage girls.

From the coauthor of the cult-worthy Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture comes Wish You Were Here-a combination travel guide and tortured history covering everything from what constitutes proper rock critic etiquette in Minneapolis to why pop-punk bands in Chicago have so much suburban angst, to how freegans in the Bay Area can feed themselves on a budget that would make frugal Rachael Ray's face blush.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 006157371X
  • 9780061573712
  • 596,764

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"This book was really fun to read and I actually learned a lot. Wait a minute... Does giving a quote for this book mean people will know that I didn't actually already know this stuff? Lame." -- Hayley Williams, Paramore "Wish You Were Here knows way too much about the history, minute details, and inner-workings of these 11 punk and indie scenes. I don't know how Leslie figured out all this stuff, but I'm changing my locks and checking the phone for bugs." -- Tim McIlrath, "Rise Against" guitarist and lead singer "Anything you ever wanted to know about your city's indie scene (plus plenty of snark) is packed into these pages." -- Alternative Press "In what has got to be the best guide book on punk rock... well ever, rock journalist Simon answers a slew of questions never asked about punk rock and indie scenes across the U.S.". -- NeuFutur Magazine "Readers who are part of one of these scenes and fans of a particular genre who will be visiting one of the locales will find this a quick and useful read...an entertaining glimpse at nonmainstream music of today and the recent past." -- Library Journal "The selection of indie music-centric cities is spot-on... Simon's text is knowledgeable... the book serves as a helpful jumping-off point for readers looking to learn more." -- Publishers Weekly "Simon ensures there's never a dull moment...Rob Dobi's spot-on illustrations appear throughout the book as the perfect complement to her enthusiastic and hilarious voice." -- Sacramento Book Review online
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About Leslie Simon

Leslie Simon is the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. Her work has appeared in Kerrang!, Alternative Press, metromix.com, and MTV.com.
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