For many, including myself, Michael Azerrad’s “Our Band Could Be Your Life” is as close to a rock and roll bible as any book has ever come.
Azerrad’s work — a collection of stories about ’80s punk icons Black Flag, Minor Threat, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi, Replacements, Butthole Surfers, Big Black and others — decidedly shaped many a teenage kid’s music taste for the rest of his life.
Last weekend at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, several well known indie acts, who were probably just as affected by “Our Band Could Be Your Life,” paid tribute to those bands featured in the book. Now, NPR has a stream of every set from that night.
Listen to “Our Concert Could Be Your Life” sets below.
Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays The Replacements
tUnE-yArDs plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
All Star Jam for Nirvana
Michael Azerrad speaks
St. Vincent & Dirty Projectors — “Bad Penny”/”Kerosene”