Jesse Jarnow

Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

available 5 June 2012

BIG DAY COMING is the first book about the odd and singular Yo La Tengo, the freethinking trio from Hoboken that created their own rock and roll myth. It is the story of a quiet world removed from pop’s mainstream, born from a wide-ranging musical curiosity, patience, and unbending independence. It is the story of a husband-wife team that have fought to maintain a creative relationship without sacrificing their privacy or their fandom, and it is the story of amazing barbecue, wild guitars, and whispered harmonies. Digging in with one of the most creative acts in any genre, BIG DAY COMING is also a sweepingly researched history of American indie rock, using Yo La Tengo, its members, and their three-decade career as a springboard into the legendary clubs, bands, zines, labels, record stores, college radio stations, fans, and pivotal figures that built the infrastructure of the contemporary music industry. BIG DAY COMING is, you know, coming. Watch Twitter, Facebook, and the skies.

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Jesse Jarnow is a freelance writer and a DJ on WFMU. He has written for The London Times, the Village Voice, Indy Week,, Rolling Stone, Relix, Paste, the All Music Guide, Signal To Noise, and elsewhere. He is based in Brooklyn and tweets @bourgwick.
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