Longtime Seattle rock historian Peter Blecha takes the reader on a high volume trip through five decades of Northwest rock. For those who think there wasn't much here before grunge, the spirited book offers up a host of anecdotes, colorful characters and bands both well-known (Kingsmen, Heart) and lesser known (the Sonics, the Wailers). He excels at the early stuff and is less solid on the 80s and 90s, which don't get much space. For some curious reason, he stops in the early 90s, which is when music was just getting interesting in Portland (Elliott Smith, Quasi, Spinanes). It does tend to be more Seattle-centric, which leaves the Portlander wanting maybe another chapter or two exploring our city's indie scene.
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