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"Rock and roll is nothing if not a reflection of place." "--from the Introduction" And it's true. Think of Nirvana and Seattle, R.E.M. and Athens, Elvis and Memphis. Now, the staff of SPIN magazine (the arbiters of cool themselves) give us this one-of-a-kind insiders' guide to America's best rock 'n roll cities. This is a travel guide unlike any other. Drawing on the knowl "Rock and roll is nothing if not a reflection of place." "--from the Introduction" And it's true. Think of Nirvana and Seattle, R.E.M. and Athens, Elvis and Memphis. Now, the staff of SPIN magazine (the arbiters of cool themselves) give us this one-of-a-kind insiders' guide to America's best rock 'n roll cities. This is a travel guide unlike any other. Drawing on the knowledge of local writers--alternative newspaper contributors, indie musicians, underground food columnists, and others--SPIN takes us on a tour of America's best cheap eats, funky kicks, and garage bands on their way to the top. Whether you're planning a road trip, scouting a new place to live, or following your favorite band, SPIN Underground USA is the next best thing to having a friend in town. Cities profiled include: Atlanta/Athens, Austin, Boston, Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.


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"Rock and roll is nothing if not a reflection of place." "--from the Introduction" And it's true. Think of Nirvana and Seattle, R.E.M. and Athens, Elvis and Memphis. Now, the staff of SPIN magazine (the arbiters of cool themselves) give us this one-of-a-kind insiders' guide to America's best rock 'n roll cities. This is a travel guide unlike any other. Drawing on the knowl "Rock and roll is nothing if not a reflection of place." "--from the Introduction" And it's true. Think of Nirvana and Seattle, R.E.M. and Athens, Elvis and Memphis. Now, the staff of SPIN magazine (the arbiters of cool themselves) give us this one-of-a-kind insiders' guide to America's best rock 'n roll cities. This is a travel guide unlike any other. Drawing on the knowledge of local writers--alternative newspaper contributors, indie musicians, underground food columnists, and others--SPIN takes us on a tour of America's best cheap eats, funky kicks, and garage bands on their way to the top. Whether you're planning a road trip, scouting a new place to live, or following your favorite band, SPIN Underground USA is the next best thing to having a friend in town. Cities profiled include: Atlanta/Athens, Austin, Boston, Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.

16 review for SPIN Underground U.S.A.: The Best of Rock Culture Coast to Coast (Best of the Rock Culture Coast to Coast)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I read this book a long time ago. It was published in 1997. It has a lot of useful information. I wish they would do a 2020 version of it though because most of the bars and clubs listed are no longer around. There is a nice description at the beginning of each city's description that is just about the city in general that is still relevant though. I still will usually read the city description before traveling to any city listed. It has a lot of quirky details that you don't usually find in tra I read this book a long time ago. It was published in 1997. It has a lot of useful information. I wish they would do a 2020 version of it though because most of the bars and clubs listed are no longer around. There is a nice description at the beginning of each city's description that is just about the city in general that is still relevant though. I still will usually read the city description before traveling to any city listed. It has a lot of quirky details that you don't usually find in travel books. Another reason I wish they would do an updated version is they left out some pretty big cities. There's no description of Philadelphia or Houston for instance. So overall a good book. I just wish they would update it with 2020 information and add a few cities.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leah W

    This was available at a Hastings in Upper Bumblefuck, Oklahoma when it first came out; why, I don't know. While all the recommendations are likely long obsolete, it was one of the first books to give me a practical idea of what life in an actual cool city might be like. Because of this book, I knew about the Empty Bottle, Metro, and the Lounge Ax long before I knew I was coming to Chicago. Oh, also, this was the place that told me about the $8 punk hair salon (they once gave me highlights, lowlig This was available at a Hastings in Upper Bumblefuck, Oklahoma when it first came out; why, I don't know. While all the recommendations are likely long obsolete, it was one of the first books to give me a practical idea of what life in an actual cool city might be like. Because of this book, I knew about the Empty Bottle, Metro, and the Lounge Ax long before I knew I was coming to Chicago. Oh, also, this was the place that told me about the $8 punk hair salon (they once gave me highlights, lowlights, and redlights for $20) that was right next to a huge thrift store. Just for that, I'd have paid double.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fungud

    If you devour 'Places Rated' books, you'll most likely enjoy this quirky guide. As far as I know, there's nothing else like it, despite me personally writing to Spin and begging them to update the book with '2nd Tier' cities. 'Hipster', Punk, Bohemian, Hippie, DIY, whatever, it's a little starter manual for lifestyle travel and 'who is your city' type guides. A la: Richard Florida. Why no publisher has explored this market is beyond me. The music is peripheral. Focus on Liberal politics, MJ laws an If you devour 'Places Rated' books, you'll most likely enjoy this quirky guide. As far as I know, there's nothing else like it, despite me personally writing to Spin and begging them to update the book with '2nd Tier' cities. 'Hipster', Punk, Bohemian, Hippie, DIY, whatever, it's a little starter manual for lifestyle travel and 'who is your city' type guides. A la: Richard Florida. Why no publisher has explored this market is beyond me. The music is peripheral. Focus on Liberal politics, MJ laws and Tech Jobs. Throw in some bicycle ratings, city zoning / walk-ability guides (and not that lame, bs map thing they have online... that useless one realtors use that doesn't even take into account whether there's sidewalks) and you have a book I'd gladly shell out 20 bucks for. Worth owning...but badly in need of an updated version. Someone, vibrate the strings of your social network, alert the right people and get this done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jack

  6. 4 out of 5

    melbourne

  7. 5 out of 5

    halle

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alaska

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  11. 4 out of 5

    Augusta Sweet

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  13. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

  15. 4 out of 5

    Axel Barceló

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

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