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Our Band Could Be Your Life
Michael Azerrad
(USA: Back Bay Books, @littlebrown, 2002)

This 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-energised American rock with punk rock’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 has been recognised as an indie-rock classic in its own right.

Among the bands profiled: Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Big Black, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening and Dinosaur Jr.

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IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | AmazonEason
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Recommended by:
Dan Calladine, Head of Media Futures, Carat Global Management | Founder, London Pop-ups
Dan says: ‘A great account of the careers of several Amercan punk bands from the 1980s.  I did not know the music of many of the bands, but the stories are fascinating.’

Dan Calladine is a media industry maven who tracks online and offline media trends and the effectiveness of media strategy for Carat, a media agency within the Dentsu Aegis Network. He is an expert commentator on media, having been interviewed by BBC Radio 4, the Financial Times, Campaign and The Guardian, among other channels and publications. Dan is an expert on social media, including and social media tracking: he is a keen user, being active on YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest. Dan also heads and runs London Pop-ups, a online listings hub for pop-up events in the capital city.

The Virgin Encyclopedia of 80s Music
Colin Larkin
(UK: Virgin Books, @virginbooks, 2003; USA: Virgin Books, @virginbooks, 1998)

Remember the 1980s? The Virgin Encyclopedia of 80s Music is a complete handbook of information and opinion about the history of the most fragmented and frequently maligned decade in the history of popular music. Here are 1000 entries on the bands, musicians, songwriters, producers and record labels – everyone who had a significant impact on the development of rock and pop music in those ten years, from the New Romantics who brought colour and image to fill the gap left by punk and the new wave, to the stadium acts who provided a launch pad for Live Aid, to the myriad variations of house and techno spawned in the latter half of the Eighties. As well as all the giants of the period the encyclopedia has the range and depth to include artists who flourished briefly and yet were quintessential to the decade. A perfect mix of fact and informed opinion contained in one single volume, distilled from the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, universally acclaimed as the world’s leading source of reference on rock and pop history. Informed, infatuating and invaluable.

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Waterstones
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks) (independents) | Amazon
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | AmazonGoodreads
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | Amazon
Australia: (independents) | AmazonQBD Books
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books
Rest of the world: Book DepositoryWordery

Recommended by:
Danny Parnes, Managing Director, Gregory Martin Search & Selection

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