Sam Knee – A Scene In Between USA
Cicada Books 2022
Following on from the success of A Scene In Between, revised edition, this new title explores the musical and sartorial treasures of the American 1980s guitar-based indie scenes. Starting in 1983 with the post-hardcore movement in Washington DC, Scene USA journeys coast to coast, covering everything from college rock to noise rock by way of the Paisley Underground, ending in 1989 with the nascent grunge scene in Seattle.
Using original archive photography from scenesters and band members of the time, Sam Knee takes you on a fashion trip through an alternative musical history, which is placed in direct opposition to the glossy, Reaganite high-pop narrative that we know so well. Thrift store workwear, flannel shirts, Levis, Converse and Vans capture a timeless insouciance that continues to resonate today.
The book features hundreds of previously unseen images of bands including: Faith, Rites of Spring, Dinosaur Jr, Embrace, Opal, Galaxie 500, Beat Happening, Sonic Youth, Scratch Acid, Pussy Galore and early Nirvana. Interviews by key band members make this an essential resource for any fashion or music enthusiast.
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