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Book Review (And Shit Yeah It's Cool!): Closer - The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices

"Indie rock. I never understood that. Independent of what? Commerce? I doubt it. Your Drag City is the Capitol of a state called Filthy Lucre. Songs? Yea, could be. I heard Tom Russell - one of the finest #OKboomer songwriters still plying his trade - say that the trouble with indie kids is that they don't write songs but, rather, "soundscapes." Every try playing a Pavement ditty around a campfire? It falls flat. And, lord knows, don't sing DCB over roasted marshmallows unless you want your pals propelled into a fiery furnace."

Read the whole story at Phawker!

Jon Houlon, 12/2019


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