Sunday, November 15, 2009

2009 book 234

John Cook/Mac McCaughan/Laura Ballance's Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records
This was such a fun read! I figured it would be after hearing Mac and Laura's reading at the Regulator, but really all of it was stellar. I love the conversational tone and back-and-forths between Merge people, band people, and others, and the way it was formatted--general info about the label at various times interspersed with the stories of select bands--made it really readable (though one always wishes one's own favorite bands are more heavily represented). Anyway, great book, and great package--lots of photos, fliers, etc from the twenty years of Merge really made everything come alive. A.

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