Jon Fine and Clint Conley

discuss

Your Band Sucks:
What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)

RSVPs requested

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
21
Thursday
May 21, 2015
8:00 PM

Location

LilyPad
1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Tickets

Free - RSVP Requested $24.00 (Guaranteed seat + copy of the book) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes executive editor of Inc. magazine JON FINE and Mission of Burma musician CLINT CONLEY for a discussion of Fine's book, Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear), a memoir charting thirty years of the American independent rock underground by a musician who knows it intimately.

Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played various forms of aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes in this memoir, at no point were any of those bands “ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame.” Yet when members of his first band, Bitch Magnet, reunited after twenty-one years to tour Europe, Asia, and America, diehard longtime fans traveled from far and wide to attend those shows, despite creeping middle-age obligations of parenthood and 9-to-5 jobs, testament to the remarkable staying power of the indie culture that the bands predating the likes of Bitch Magnet—among them Black Flag, Mission of Burma, and Sonic Youth—willed into existence through sheer determination and a shared disdain for the mediocrity of contemporary popular music.
 
In indie rock’s pre-Internet glory days of the 1980s, such defiant bands attracted fans only through samizdat networks that encompassed word of mouth, college radio, tiny record stores and ‘zines. Eschewing the superficiality of performers who gained fame through MTV, indie bands instead found glory in all-night recording sessions, shoestring van tours and endless appearances in grimy clubs. Some bands with a foot in this scene, like REM and Nirvana, eventually attained mainstream success. Many others, like Bitch Magnet, were beloved only by the most obsessed fans of this time.
 
Like Anthony Boudain’s Kitchen ConfidentialYour Band Sucks is an insider’s look at a fascinating and ferociously loved subculture. In it, Fine tracks how the indie-rock underground emerged and evolved, how it grappled with the mainstream and vice versa, and how it led many bands to an odd rebirth in the 21st  century in which they reunited, briefly and bittersweetly, after being broken up for decades. Like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Your Band Sucks is a unique evocation of a particular aesthetic moment. With backstage access to many key characters in the scene—and plenty of wit and sharply-worded opinion—Fine delivers a memoir that affectionately yet critically portrays an important, heady moment in music history.

Clint Conley
Clint Conley

Clint Conley

From 1979 to 1983 and from 2002 until the present, Clint Conley has played bass and written songs for Mission of Burma. He is an Emmy-award winning producer for WCVB’s Chronicle.

Jon Fine
Jon Fine

Jon Fine

Jon Fine is the executive editor of Inc. magazine and a New York-based writer, commentator, and musician. As a guitarist in a series of underground bands—most notably Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero—he has performed in fifteen countries on three continents and appeared on MTV. His writing has appeared in GQ, The Atlantic, Details, and ESPN the Magazine. His long-running BusinessWeek column “Media Centric,” won both American Society of Business Publication Editors and National Headliner awards, and his writing for Food and Wine won a James Beard award for his wine writing. Find him on Twitter @jonfine.

Photo Credit: Gary He

Admission is free but registration is requested. If capacity is reached, priority will go to those who have RSVP’d or purchased a discounted book on Eventbrite (20% off the list price!). RSVPs only guarantee a seat until 5 minutes before the event begins, after which we may open up seats to a standby line.

LilyPad
1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Unable to attend a Harvard Book Store author event? You can still pre-order a signed book by one of our visiting authors.

While we can't guarantee fulfillment of a signed book pre-order, our authors are almost always able to sign extra books to fulfill such orders.

Ordering a signed book on harvard.com:

  • Add the book to your shopping cart and then click Checkout.
  • Specify in Order Comments that you want a signed copy of the book.
  • Please note: online orders for signed copies must be placed at least one business day before the event. If you are ordering the day of, please call us instead.

Ordering a signed book by phone:

  • Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
  • If you are requesting a personalized inscription and/or requesting your book be shipped, we'll need to take down credit card information. If you are planning to pick up the signed book in the store, you can pay on pick-up.

FAQ:

Can I request a personalized inscription?
Unless otherwise noted, we are happy to take requests for the author to sign your book to a specific person, but we can't guarantee it. If you do get a personalized inscription, the book will be non-returnable. We will require credit card information when you place the order.

Do signed books cost more?
There is no extra fee for a signed book!

Do I have to pick it up in the store, or can you deliver my signed book?
As with all web or phone orders, we can hold your book for in-store pickup, or ship it anywhere in the country.

I am planning to attend an author event. Do I need to pre-order a book?
No need. We'll be selling books at the event, and nearly all of our events include a signing at the end of the talk.

More questions? Give us a call!

Purchase the Book
Featured event books will be for sale at the event for 20% off. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.
General Info
(617) 661-1515
info@harvard.com

Media Inquiries
mediainquiries@harvard.com

Accessibility Inquiries
access@harvard.com

Support Your Local Indie Bookstore

Here are a few of the ways you can support your bookstore during challenging and uncertain times.

Learn More »

Noteworthy Signed Books: Join the Club!

Join our Signed First Edition Club (or give a gift subscription) for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

Learn More »

Our Frequent Buyer Card

Members of our Frequent Buyer Program receive benefits at Harvard Book Store and harvard.com. Sign up for free!

Learn More »