The Strangest Tribe

The Strangest Tribe

How A Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge

Book - 2011
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Grunge isn't dead - but was it every truly alive? Twenty years after the height of the movement, The Strangest Tribe redefines grunge as we know it. Stephen Tow takes a second look at the music and community that vaulted the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden to international fame. Chock-full of interviews with the starring characters, Tow extensively chronicles the rise of rock 'n' roll's last great statement and contextualizes what the music really meant to the key players. 

Delving deep into the archives, Tow paints a vivid picture of the underground rock circuit of tattered warehouses and community centers. Seattle's heady punk scene of the late '80s gave birth to a rowdy and raucous movement, influenced by metal, but wholly its own. Seattle made its own sound, a sound that came to be known internationally as grunge. Tow walks the reader through this sonic evolution, interviewing members of every band along the way. 

In 1991, Seattle's sound took the world by storm--but this same storm had been brewing in the Pacific Northwest for a decade before it hit MTV. The Strangest Tribe is a reframing of this last transformative era in music. Not just plaid shirts, bleached hair, and angst, "grunge" is a word used to describe a rich community of artists and jokers.
Publisher: Seattle : Sasquatch Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781570617430
Characteristics: xvii, 253 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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BFS73 Jun 10, 2015

this was a great book i read a while back.If you are a music fan or muscian and love the Seattle music scene of the late 1980's-90's like I do then this book is for you. you will learn stories about the early days of grunge Soundgarden Mudhoney Green River Mother Love Bone Skinyard up till Nirvana and Pearljam hit it big and also great bands that were not huge like Screaming Trees.a great book reccomended to anyone who wants to learn about the history of the Seattle music scene and not just the biggest bands that came from there that you know about already!


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