Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 (Amazon, Wikipedia) is a book by that I really want to get and read and after listening to this story on NPR, I really want to get it even more!
Here is the Library Journal blurb from the Amazon entry --
And if that wasn't cool enough, you can listen to the entire tribute concert here.Music journalist Azerrad (Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana) makes it clear through his tales of 13 highly influential punk and indie rock bands from Black Flag to Beat Happening that his subjects could have easily been any misshapen, angst-filled, morbidly creative teens on the planet. In painting the portrait of the volatile 1980s underground music scene, he reveals the importance of subversive-minded musicians in an industry controlled by hit-hungry executives. Azerrad, however, is careful not to glorify this era: sprinkled throughout his inspiring pictures of musical revolt are details of the poverty and drug-induced dilemmas each band faced on its path to cult icon status. Featuring original interviews with the scene's leading lights (e.g., Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth), this collective biography is written in a cultured voice that even low-brow, in-the-know fanzine readers will appreciate.