Goodbye 20th Century

A Biography of Sonic Youth

by David Browne

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  • 9780306815157
  • 9780306817595
Sonic Youth's distinctive, uncompromising sounds have provided a map for innumerable musicians who followed, from '90s groundbreakers like Nirvana and Pavement to current faves like the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. More than perhaps any other act, Sonic Youth has brought “fringe” art to the mainstream, helping spawn an alternative arts scene that prospers to this day: a world of punk rock, underground films and comics, experimental music, conceptual art, contemporary classical compositions, and even fashion. In Goodbye 20th Century, David Browne tells the full glorious story of “the Velvet Underground of their generation,” an account based on extensive research, fresh interviews with the band and those who have worked with them (from Glenn Branca and Lydia Lunch to Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze), and unprecedented access to unreleased recordings and documents. This is a richly detailed portrait of an iconic band and the times they helped create.

  • Hachette Books; January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780306817595
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  • Title: Goodbye 20th Century
  • Author: David Browne
  • Imprint: Da Capo Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780306815157
  • 9780306817595

About The Author

David Browne is the author of Dream Brother: The Lives & Music of Jeff & Tim Buckley. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York, and Spin. He lives in New York City.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780306815157
  • 9780306817595