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Milk It: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s

Milk It Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the s Taking its title with suitable slacker irony from a song on Nirvana s In Utero Milk It is an anthology of pieces written in the heat of the moment an urgent and diverse overview that mirrors the chao

  • Title: Milk It: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s
  • Author: Jim Derogatis
  • ISBN: 9780306812712
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Taking its title with suitable slacker irony from a song on Nirvana s In Utero, Milk It is an anthology of pieces written in the heat of the moment an urgent and diverse overview that mirrors the chaotic rush of the postmodern sounds it covers Headnotes and connective material the stories behind the stories provide running commentary on the music business, rock criticTaking its title with suitable slacker irony from a song on Nirvana s In Utero, Milk It is an anthology of pieces written in the heat of the moment an urgent and diverse overview that mirrors the chaotic rush of the postmodern sounds it covers Headnotes and connective material the stories behind the stories provide running commentary on the music business, rock criticism, a troubled generation, and an attempt to put the fast moving alternative rock era in perspective from the safe distance of the comparatively bland new millennium Compiled by a critic who shared the Generation X outlook, attitude, and biting sense of humor with the musicians that he covered Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and many others Milk It is the first serious attempt to chart the alternative music scene Compelling, amusing, and provocative, Milk It captures the excitement of an era, and reckons with its enduring influence.

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    1. He's more of a punk and less of a drunk than Lester Bangs, the critic he idolizes, and he's also not as good a writer. I learned about quite a few groups I'd never heard of and now will check out (well, at least some of them), and it is nice to read someone who loves The Feelies as much as I do, but I do not share his enthusiasm for Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, and I think he says a lot less than he could or should about the role of blues and honky tonk in shaping rock and roll. On balance though I e [...]

    2. Bob Pollard once said during a Chicago Guided By Voices show in 2002, "You've got a fat fucking rock critic in this town who doesn't like us." That fat fuck was DeRo, who covered rock for the Sun-Times during the post-Nirvana world. This book gets a high rating not because of him, but for the subject matter. It collects all his album and concert reviews from the period, as well as other articles. The best is that a lot of it is centered around great Chicago bands of the era like Smashing Pumpkin [...]

    3. Excellent criticism of the 90s "alternative" "music" "revolution." A little too much Cobain worship and a little too America-centric (no coverage of the Norwegian black metal scandals of the 90s? Really?) but Jim did manage to piss off Steve Albini, Billy Corgan and half of Sonic Youth, which is lol. Also he hates baby boomers and Jann Wenner. His section on Pioneers and Trailblazers was a snore fest. Also his section on rap. Aside from that, wickedly funny and incisive insight (see what i did t [...]

    4. Jim DeRogatis is a true rock critic in the classic sense. There's no point in being mediocre; he either loves it or its terrible. (And "the terrible" is often a lot more fun to read.) Anyways, this "best-of" collection highlights the best of the 90s alternative explosion. The first chapter is probably the best chapter in the book, where he goes into detail about a 10-hour interview with Kurt Cobain at his Seattle home. Follow that up with excellent chapters on Courtney Love, Smashing Pumpkins, r [...]

    5. Milk It! is a solid overview of the 1990's rock music scene, touching on a bit of everything. DeRogatis devotes sections to the major heavyweights (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.) while also delving into Britpop, RiotGrrl, the concert scene (Woodstock 94, Lollapalooza), and a host of other topics. He obviously misses a few things, but overall, you'll end up with a fair snapshot of what it was like to be there. Someday, someone will make sense of all the craziness that happened in th [...]

    6. I occasionally listen to Jim DeRogatis and his colleague Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune) on their radio show "Sound Opinions." I've usually been more in agreement with Greg Kot, but perhaps that's because I also read him in the newspaper.Anyway, I picked up Milk It! because of the screaming graphic cover, and I'm glad I did.Jim DeRogatis is passionate about music, he's honest and funny. He is unafraid to disagree with other critics, fans, and musicians. It helps that he has such a Kurt Cobain jones.I [...]

    7. This book covers my favorite period of music history (the 90's), with an emphasis on my favorite band ever (NIRVANA!). DeRogatis does a good job of covering different aspects of alternative music in the 90's, from mainstream rock (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam) to indie (Neutral Milk Hotel, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) to hip-hop (De La Soul, Beck). He can occasionally run some points into the ground, but that can be forgived since it is a collection of writings and not a singular piece. [...]

    8. Most interesting part of this collection: Derogatis' revealing account of his time at "Rolling Stone," where he was told not to give poor reviews to new records by Hootie & the Blowfish and Dave Matthews Band, because they were the biggest bands on earth at the time. Honestly, as big of a fan I am as "Rolling Stone," their rating system in recent years has always struck me as odd -- like, they'll attach *** to what is clearly a negative review. Could America's greatest counterculture mag ben [...]

    9. A collection of articles and memories of Jim DeRogatis.c critic and journalist of the alternative scene of the 1990'sarting with Nirvana.I actually skimmed through this oneny of the bands were undergroundChicago and Seattle scenes mostly.d well if I didn't know there music the articles weren't as interesting.For the bands I did know it was interesting to look back on that time - now that I'm older and not part of it all one day read

    10. I guess I should be grateful this Lester Bangs fanboy doesn't make the modern critical mistake of trying to emulate the master's style, but he also doesn't have the same passion or god given talent as LB. Instead, Derogatis comes across as a pedestrian writer who seems far too self-congratulatory for taking obvious stances ("Rolling Stone wanted me to give Hootie and the Blowfish a higher rating but I said no!" Why were you working at Rolling Stone in the first place?!).

    11. I'm deliberating between three and four stars on this because Dero is a great, engaging writer, but the subject matter begins to irritate me. I love 1990s alt-rock as much as the next Sebadoh freak, but it's just too much prose about white boys, except for the truly insightful stuff he wrote about Courtney Love.

    12. Jim Derogotis writes like a true fan of music. He has a deep knowledge of rock, and writes extensively about the alternative movement in music in the 90s. I found myself agreeing with most of what he said, and got an insider's, or slightly geeky, overweight outsider-looking-in-insider's, perspective on a lot of the bands I grew up listening to. An enjoyable read.

    13. This is a decent book overall, but there is one essay that MUST be read. In it, Derogatis interviews the front man for Third Eye Blind and essentially explains to him why his band is a piece of crap. It's the kind of thing I imagine music journalists everywhere (or at least the mean ones) are dying to do. "This is why you suck: 1)"

    14. This is so good. A collection of his highly-intelligent articles about the music scene that would have made as many enemies as friends. If you've been into the alternative scene over the past 25 years it's for you.

    15. A very solid, funny, and outright entertaining collection of articles written by Dero during the nineties alt-explosion. Includes most of the acts you expect to read about and some you surely wouldn't (Aphex Twin, Tone Loc to name a couple).

    16. I might've started reading this in December '03. But it's definitely a good read. Topics are varied enough within the wide world of music (with a lot of emphasis on the Chicago scene of the alt-rock '90s) that it's an engaging read.

    17. This was so very much fun to read, and it re-introduced me to bands like Teenage Fanclub, for which I am stoked. It also reaffirms that Billy Corgan is really as lame as you thought.

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