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Used Records and Tapes #3 (Roostercow)

May 16, 2023

The latest issue of the new Used Records And Tapes zine is a delightful and insightful read about less heralded artists and records of note.

Kurt Cobain: The Last Interview (Penguin Random House)

The latest in The Last Interview series features Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, a reticent interview subject who had things to say, even if he didn’t enjoy saying them.

There Was No Alternative: Generation X, AIDS, and the Making of a Classic Nineties Record (McFarland)

A new book examines the making of a classic alternative rock compilation that served as a benefit for AIDS research.

Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (Mariner Books)

To be called a sellout used to be the kiss of death for independent bands. Dan Ozzi’s fantastic new book Sellout explores the concept in depth, looking at eleven bands who, for better or worse, had to face the accusations when they signed to major labels.

Gallons Per Minute (Pig Roast)

Former Arab On Radar founder Jeff Schneider follows up his fantastic band biography with Gallons Per Minute, a collection of short stories that delight and disturb, serving as both a fine introduction to a new talented and a quick fix for those already addicted to his work.

John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life (Omnibus Press)

John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life chronicles the hopeful and tragic last year of the former Beatles life. It’s the story of how life can pass so quickly and how it can change in a blink of an eye.

Zeppelin Over Dayton: Guided By Voices Album By Album (Jawbone Press)

In Zeppelin Over Dayton, writer Jeff Gomez takes on the daunting task of examining each and every proper studio album by the long-running Guided By Voices, and turns in a surprisingly loving and worthy document.

Sing Backwards And Weep: A Memoir (Hachette)

Singer Mark Lanegan has lived through hell and back, and his new autobiography Sing Backwards And Weep is an unrelenting and harrowing tale of addiction and self destruction. It’s also one of the best rock autobiographies you’ll ever read.

Get Tusked: The Inside Story of Fleetwood Mac’s Most Anticipated Album (Backbeat)

Fleetwood Mac producer Ken Caillat has had a ringside seat to some of the most important and influential albums ever made. His new book, Get Tusked, tells the story of a tumultuous album’s creation.

Acid For The Children (Grand Central Publishing)

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has lived a remarkable and insane life, one that seemed certain to derail before hit even truly began. In the first of his memoirs, he gives a powerful, painful, poignant and occasionally funny overview of his life before the birth of his well-loved band.