'The Strangest Tribe' Book Due In October
Stephen Tow's new book, "The Strangest Tribe: How A Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge", arrives October 11 from Seattle's Sasquatch Books (paperback, 272 pages, $18.95).
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. 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. Packed with interviews with the starring characters, this book extensively chronicles the rise of rock 'n' roll's last great statement and reveals what the music really meant to the key players.
Over five years, Tow conducted 120 interviews with the key players in Seattle's underground music from the inception of the punk rock scene in the mid-'70s through 1990 just before "Nirvanamania."
Tow currently teaches 20th century U.S., pop culture and rock history at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
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