Saturday, June 25, 2011

Something I Learned Today

"The climax was the band’s now legendary cover of 'Eight Miles High,' which transformed the Byrds’ gentle paean to the ­chemical-technological sublime into a roller coaster lifted screaming off its tracks—bruising and exhilarating, leaving the rider both very and barely alive. Three dec­ades later I still feel lucky to have experienced that transmutation of wrath into flight. Not only did Hüsker Dü generate an impressive recorded legacy during their eight years on earth, they were ferocious live—as memorable onstage as Nirvana or the Rolling Stones. They deserve one great book, not these two mediocre ones."

Robert Christgau in The New York Times reviews Bob Mould's See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, and Andrew Earles's Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock.

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