Mark Baumgarten "Love Rock Revolution: K Records ..." Book (2012)
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Mark Baumgarten "Love Rock Revolution: K Records ..." Book (2012)

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Details: Mark Baumgarten "Love Rock Revolution: K Records & the Rise of Indie Music" Book (2012). 288 pp. Short discount, new item.

Description: "Punk isn't just about the music – it's an attitude! K Records has been a home to some of indie music's biggest names like Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, Built to Spill, and more. They kicked off in '82 with a simple message: You don't need anyone's approval to make music. Fast forward 30 years, and they're still rocking underground, shaping indie music like nobody's business. They've sparked movements like grunge and Riot Grrrl, changing the game for women in music. Love Rock Revolution has all you need to know about the label's crucial role in indie music history."

Grade: NM/NM

Author: Mark Baumgarten is the managing editor at Crosscut where he oversees a newsroom of dedicated reporters, producers and editors telling the stories of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. He is also the host of the Crosscut Talks podcast and the At-Large live event series. Previously, Baumgarten has served as Editor at Large for City Arts magazine and Managing Editor of the Seattle Weekly. Baumgarten's work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Willamette WeekThe Village VoiceSeattle Weekly, and Lost Cause magazine.

Press: "It could all be called 'punk,' but in a sense that referred to a feeling and an ethos, not a particular sound. Love Rock Revolution reflects that feeling by describing not only the music itself, but the economies of culture, resources, and personality that made it possible." Los Angeles Review of Books

"Baumgarten's history lessons are conversational and well-written, and he obviously has a deep love for his subject. Amid accounts of who's who, there are small revelations, like just how bizarre K Records' back catalog is: The fervent hard rock of Karp alongside the sugar-spun Softies, and Built to Spill's deft guitar epics bookended with Beat Happening's near musical incompetence. Erratic and varied, it's very much a list that represents K Records' open-door policy, where record deals are made with a handshake. Even if Love Rock Revolution doesn't lob hardballs at Johnson's psyche, it's a nourishing chunk of facts, stories, and memories of long teenage days spent listening to K Records mixtapes." The Portland Mercury