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The Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime

33 1/3

By (author) Michael Fournier
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Published: 17th May 2007
Dimensions: w 105mm h 166mm d 6mm
Weight: 130g
ISBN-10: 0826427871
ISBN-13: 9780826427878
Barcode No: 9780826427878
Synopsis
In recent years, the Minutemen have enjoyed something of a revival, due to both a chapter in Michael Azerrad's book "Our Band Could Be Your Life", and a feature length documentary film, "We Jam Econo", showcasing the band's legacy. (And having a song serve as the theme for MTV's "Jackass" show doesn't hurt, either.) To date, though, the band's actual work hasn't been the subject of much attention - everything has focused on either the interpersonal relationships that made the Minutemen so distinctive or the sudden and tragic death of guitarist/singer D. Boon. This book shines a light on the band's remarkable music and on this particular album; on their blending of several styles into something that will never be replicated. The Minutemen's body of work is very personal - people who are into this band feel a deep connection with their music and aesthetic. Included are extensive interviews with Mike Watt, the band's bass player, as well as with several artists, musicians, studio owners, and fanzine writers who have been devoted followers of the band for years. The Minutemen redefined what punk rock could be, what punk rock could sound like, and this book will be a fitting tribute to that legacy. (Also, Mike Watt is now working with Kelly Clarkson on her upcoming album, so there should be ongoing interest...)

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"How do youshowcase the Minutemen's "DoubleNickels On The Dime," a sprawling opus of a punk record, spanningmore than 40 songs over four LP sides? It's a formidable task that could easilyget out of hand, but Michael T. Fournier takes a simple, no-nonsense approachin this installment of the Continuum 331/3 series, and this sensibility takes us into the heart and soul of theband and their crowning achievement.Fournier dives right into the band's history, giving us a short overview of thebasics; how they formed, the band members' various personalities, and how theygot to the point of releasing Double Nickels. The band was notorious forusing inside jokes and obscure references, which played itself out in the themeof the record. Fournier breaks down their overall approach, including aninteresting bit on how the album name and cover photo played off of SammyHagar's ICan't Drive 55, of all things. He also explains the structure of thealbum and how each separate side came into being, with each Interview with author in Metro NY "How do you showcase the Minutemen's "Double Nickels On The Dime", a sprawling opus of a punk record, spanning more than 40 songs over four LP sides? It's a formidable task that could easily get out of hand, but Michael T. Fournier takes a simple, no-nonsense approach in this installment of the Continuum 33 1/3 series, and this sensibility takes us into the heart and soul of the band and their crowning achievement. Fournier dives right into the band's history, giving us a short overview of the basics; how they formed, the band members' various personalities, and how they got to the point of releasing Double Nickels. The band was notorious for using inside jokes and obscure references, which played itself out in the theme of the record. Fournier breaks down their overall approach, including an interesting bit on how the album name and cover photo played off of Sammy Hagar's I Can't Drive 55, of all things. He also explains the structure of the album and how each separate side came into being, with each band member getting a side, and leftovers ending up on the last side, nicknamed Chaff. From there, Fournier goes into each song on the album, providing back stories and anecdotes, including interviews with bassist Mike Watt himself. The book does a great job of pulling back the layers of quirkiness that the band painted themselves in, shining light on some of the mysteries of one of the 80s greatest indie punk records." -Mish Mash Music Reviews