Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s
ISBN10: 0306812711 ISBN13: 9780306812712 Publisher: Perseus Book Group Published: Oct 1 2003 Pages: 352 Weight: 1.25lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Taking its title with suitable slacker irony from a song on Nirvana's In Utero, Milk It is an anthology of pieces written in the heat of the moment-an urgent and diverse overview that mirrors the chaotic rush of the postmodern sounds it covers. Headnotes and connective material-the "stories behind the stories"-provide running commentary on the music business, rock criticism, a troubled generation, and an attempt to put the fast-moving alternative-rock era in perspective from the safe distance of the comparatively bland new millennium. Compiled by a critic who shared the Generation X outlook, attitude, and biting sense of humor with the musicians that he covered-Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and many others-Milk It is the first serious attempt to chart the alternative music scene. Compelling, amusing, and provocative, Milk It captures the excitement of an era, and reckons with its enduring influence.