A Band with Built-In Hate, by Peter Stanfield

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Peter Stanfield’s A Band With Built-In Hate casts rock’n’roll legends The Who as practitioners of mid-20th-century modern art, showing the connections between their work and movements such as auto-destructive art, French and British independent film, and, in particular, pop art. He illustrates how the band slowly transitioned from their early-days commitment to forward movement into a long and prosperous career capitalizing on nostalgia for their fever-pitched younger days.


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ISBN: 9781789146462
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Published: Reaktion Books - September 20th, 2022

A Little Devil in America, by Hanif Abdurraqib

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In this breathtaking collection of essays, the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib offers up stunning commentary on myriad forms of Black performance. From detailing schoolyard fights and games of spades among friends to Merry Clayton's midnight recording session with the Rolling Stones, Abdurraqib expertly weaves together memoir, history, and critique. The result is a gorgeous and heartbreaking reflection on American culture, both past and present. 

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ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

Sellout, by Dan Ozzi

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Blame it on Dookie. When Green Day’s 1994 album turned the Bay Area trio into world-straddling superstars, A&R men started looking in nightclubs and college basements for the next pop-punk sensation. What happens to a guitar-slinging anarchist when a very large check is waved under their nose? Ozzi looks at Green Day and ten other bands ranging from Blink-182 to My Chemical Romance to Against Me! for the answer. It’s a warped tour of booze, drugs, hook-ups, fistfights, MySpace, and sleeping on fans’ floors. Ultimately, though, Sellout is a tribute to the bands, the labels, and fans who heard something behind the dollar signs--the music that could be their lives.


Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021