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Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, IL, 1973-2005
Published by Microcosm Publishing
9"x6", 96p, b+w photos + illustrations, paperback
An evocative history of homegrown rock and punk music in one of the most blighted cities in America. Small town America built the punk rock revolution; but big city scenes have gotten all the coverage.No longer! Out of the Basement is a bracing, candid, democratic, and cutting edge portrayal of a rust belt city full of rebel kids making DIY music despite the odds. It combines oral history, brutally honest memoir, music history, and a sense of blunt poetics to capture the ethos of life in the 1970s-2000s, long before the Internet made punk accessible to small towners. From dusty used record stores and frenetic skating rinks to dank basements and sweat-piled gigs to the radical forebears like the local IWW chapter, the book follows the stories of rebels struggling to find spaces and a sense of community and their place in underground history. Includes hilarious untold stories and anecdotes about Fred Armisen, Green Day, and the Misfits.
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