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The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock and Roll [Hardcover]

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The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock and Roll by Brett Milano

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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Commonwealth Editions
ISBN  1933212306  
ISBN13  9781933212302  

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More About Brett Milano

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brett Milano is a longtime Boston-based music journalist who once interviewed Joey Ramone and Barry Manilow on the same day. He compiled and annotated the Boston punk history CD Mass. Ave: The Boston Scene (on Rhino); and has written liner notes for albums by Todd Rundgren, the Cars, and the Smithereens. He has written for "Billboard, Pulse" and the "College Media Journal"; and can now be read weekly in the "Boston Herald "and the "Boston Phoenix," Aside from a short-lived "Boston Rock Trivia" volume that still turns up on Ebay to this day, "Vinyl Junkies" is his first book.

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This Was Hard...  Apr 4, 2008
I finally got around to reading this book on a recent flight to Vegas and back. I had seen Brett at more than a few shows over the years, but I think I finally got introduced to him last summer at a Steely Dan show by a mutual friend. He'd never remember meeting me, but I started noticing how he was at nearly every show I was at around 1988 or so. Anyway, this book is pretty cool. It's nearly impossible to mention every band and what became of them, but if you were in your 20's and 30's during the eighties and nineties as I was, this book rocks. I loved reading the details about what caused relatively unknown, but big local bands like O Positive, 'Til Tuesday, Dumptruck and tons of other bands to break up. I was very interested in bad record deals and the cross pollination of different musicians in different bands. If I had a complaint it would be that bands like Private Lightning, The Rings, New England, Tom Dickie & The Desires, The New Models, and The Sex Execs barely got name checked (if at all) while some bands I hadn't even heard of got a lot of ink. I worked as an unpaid intern/producer on the Mark Parenteau show for years at WBCN so I had a feel for most every band Brett mentioned. The difference between me and Brett (aside from maybe a couple of years) is that I didn't live at The Rat even though I lived right behind it for years. I wasn't too enamored of slam dancing and he's right about the bouncers. I doubt I had the look (besides being male) they were looking for so I didn't spend a lot of time there knowing I wasn't wanted. It might have been different if I was a musician, but I'm just a collector. I also agree with the reviewer below who said that Jonathan Swift's drew very little mention. Also Pooh's Pub (RIP)!! Having moved to Boston just in time for the Bucky Dent game I lived through most all of what Brett writes about. Hey about a quick mention of Little Joe Cook and The Thrillers bud? The Blues not good enough for ya ;-)? The Cantab in Cambridge should have gotten a mention. I would have liked more singles mentioned as well. You can't just mention Human Sexual Response and not mention Jackie Onassis or What Does Sex Mean To Me? That said, I could not have written this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it so hat's off to you Brett. Great job. Now I have to read the other one I bought years ago about collecting that you wrote. Keep writing because I'll keep reading.
A top pick for any Boston native or music fan.  Feb 7, 2008
Boston's had many big bands evolve from the rock scene and all are covered here - but what makes THE SOUND OF OUR TOWN: A HISTORY OF BOSTON ROCK AND ROLL special is not just an accounting of the many major bands which have evolved from the city, but a survey of the legendary places which fostered music. The author has frequented all these key places since arriving in the city as a music-crazy student: chapters are packed with Boston history and culture as well as music history, making this a top pick for any Boston native or music fan.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
Where's Tribe???  Jan 5, 2008
I found this book in a book store and found it a pretty fascinating and perusal... however I didn't buy it solely because the author omitted one of the best Boston bands of the late 80's / early 90's: Tribe. Did I miss something? Tribe may have been eclipsed by the Pixies and Throwing Muses in popularity (I don't know if Tribe ever got national airplay) but their Boston fanbase was large and rabid. If you can find their Gil Norton-produced album "Abort"... buy it.
Good sounds....  Nov 1, 2007
I grew up in Cambridge in the 70's & 80's. These were the prime years of life- teens and twentys. Reading this book brought back so many memories...the clubs, the bands, the restaurants, the people. A fun book for anyone in the area during that time period. Granted alot of bands aren't listed (maybe in a sequel book?), but you can't fit every band into one book. A few of my favorite clubs aren't listed either (remember Jonathan Swifts in Harvard Square?). But it does cover the really influential groups and places of the time. If you want to re- live the sights, sounds, smells of your youth, enjoy this book!
Mixed Bag  Oct 12, 2007
I had high hopes for this book, but ultimately it fell a little flat. To be fair to Milano, the task - covering 40+ years of rock evolution in Boston - is a big undertaking. But by the time I was 1/3 of the way through the book, I was pretty much just scanning it to pick out names and/or stories about bands I liked. That seemed to be the way it was written, almost a scientific survey.

Also, it is clear that the book has a BU orientation. Milano repeatedly treats the Rat as the center of the universe... I went to Tufts and had a very different (Somerville, Cambridge) view of the scene.

Anyone need a cheap used copy??

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