Beat Happening's Beat Happening

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-09-24
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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This is the album that sent a shockwave of empowerment through the nation's cultural underground. In 1985, Olympia, Washington band Beat Happening released their eponymous debut of lo-fi pop songs on K Records and challenged every conception held about music. At the center of the group was the enigmatic Calvin Johnson and his revolutionary vision of artistic creation. His foresight and industriousness allowed him to recruit to the K Records roster other free-spirited artists like Beck, Modest Mouse, and Built to Spill long before they gained widespread acclaim.

This book, structured in abecedarian fashion, breaks down the fundamental components that defined Beat Happening's self-titled album. With a foreword by Phil Elverum, it's organized in a light-hearted yet incisive format, each of the book's chapters details a particular facet of the record-band members, historic shows, recording sessions, songs, and ideologies-parts reflecting the album as a whole. These alphabetic ingredients constitute a recipe book for feeding your creative spirit.

Here is the story of a band that popularized do-it-yourself projects and home recording with four-track tape machines decades before the digital revolution would extend an open hand to garage bands everywhere. This is the story of musical pioneers. This is Beat Happening.

Author Biography

Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living in Austin, TX, USA. He is editor-in-chief of the blog Pop Press International and creator of the quarterly print journal True Sincerity.

Table of Contents

1. The Psychology of a Cupcake
2. A is for Action
3. B is for Bret
4. C is for Calvin
5. D is for DIY
6. E is for Evergreen
7. F is for Fun
8. G is for Grrrls
9. H is for Heather
10. I is for International Pop Underground
11. J is for Japan
12. K is for K Records
13. L is for Layers
14. M is for Manifesto
15. N is for Negative Space
16. O is for “Our Secret”
17. P is for Punk
18. Q is for Quiet
19. R is for Regionalism
20. S is for Sub Pop
21. T is for Teenagers
22. U is for Undefine
23. V is for Veiled
24. W is for Washington
25. X is for seX
26. Y is for Youth
27. Z is for Zooming Rocketship
28. Appendix
29. Index

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