Event preview: Jon Fine at Literati bookstore in Ann Arbor tonight, Sun. Sep. 27, at 5 p.m., reading from 'Your Band Sucks'

This evening, in Ann Arbor, at Literati bookstore, at 5 p.m., I will be interviewing Jon Fine, the author of Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). It will be about as raucous, rowdy, and fun as a bookstore event can be. I will mostly be beating Jon over his head with his book for not giving the Paisley Underground, K Records, Dischord and the Boston scene their due. (Just kidding.)

The book is a real gas, and mixes first person narrative with terse reflections from his peers. It's very smart, even if I personally think dude is "wrong" about a lot of stuff. Fine is a year older than me but we both lived in the NYC area at the same time ('80s into '90s), went to many of the same shows, and I loved his first band Bitch Magnet (yes, dumb name, but he was a teenager when he and a band mate came up with it while they were attending Oberlin).

Fine's book has deservedly gotten a lot of attention. I suggest checking out Dave Segal's interview with him for the Stranger, and be sure to listen to the playlist he put together for Vanity Fair — it just might be the first time VF ever has praised Slovenly. Wait, Fine and I agree on a whole lot of music stuff, he is just a little bit metal, and I'm a little bit twee. Definitely come to this event so you can watch us seriously make out onstage.

Fine writes about this event that "the last time I was in Ann Arbor, it was 1993. My band Vineland was playing with the Cows at a show at the University of Michigan, and college administrators got all freaked out because Shannon from the Cows was running around in a loincloth.

I can only hope Sunday will be as picturesque, but I can assure everyone that Mike and I will be dressed in appropriate grownup (ie: non-loincloth) clothing."

About The Author

Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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