Looking Back at Sonic Youth and Roxy Music

No dirt in these new bios, just work

A daydream nation's  troubadours: Sonic Youth plays  New York's Sin Club, 1983.
Catherine Ceresole
A daydream nation's troubadours: Sonic Youth plays New York's Sin Club, 1983.

Details

Re-make/Re-model: Becoming Roxy Music
By Michael Bracewell
Da Capo Press, 426 pp., $17.95

Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth
By David Browne
Da Capo Press, 401 pp., $26

Again, if you want dirt, read The Dirt. Plenty of cultural luminaries (Glenn Branca, Courtney Love, Chloë Sevigny) make cameos in Goodbye 20th Century, but that's it. This book basically centers on a marriage, after all—a concept as antithetical to rock 'n' roll as it gets. No problem: In this case, confusion is sexy, and love is the drug.

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