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There are many books about rock music but very few that sum up a whole era, or an entire genre. So when such books do come along, they can really hit home. Our Band Could Be Your Life accomplished this for 80s punk, for example, with sales now over 60,000and it still sells strongly more than a decade after it was published. Now Is the Time to Invent has the potential to do the same for the indie rock scene that developed in the mid-80s and reached its apex in the 1990s. Drawn from the pages of influential music magazine Puncture, its 60 profiles and interviews trace the creative upsurge of alternative rock during those years. Lavishly illustrated with many rare photographs, Now Is the Time to Invent offers a scintillating account of a vibrant and hugely significant period in music. It’s hard to define a single starting point for indie rock, but here it’s found in the brilliant psychodramas Kristin Hersch conjured up for Throwing Muses and the deadpan, genre-busting proto-slacker anthems of Camper Van Beethoven, and followed through to the critical triumphs of Sleater-Kinney and Neutral Milk Hotel more than a decade later. Along the way, it takes in such pioneering artists as Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Meat Puppets, Hole, My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave, Sebadoh, the Breeders, Jeff Buckley, Fugazi, P.J. Harvey, Guided by Voices, Beck, Cat Power, Pavement, Belle & Sebastian, Will Oldham, Rufus Wainwright, Flaming Lips, the Magnetic Fields, and many more.
Katherine Spielmann founded Puncture in 1982, together with Patty Stirling, and she was the magazine's editor and publisher during its 18-year history. Steve Connell was the managing editor of Puncture from 1984 to 2000. Musician and writer J Neo Marvin was Puncture's most consistent contributor. Jay Ruttenberg was a frequent contributor to Puncture for many years and was the magazine's music editor from 1997 to 2000.