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Matthew Stearns combines critical insight, reportage, and enthusiastic personal remembrances in Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation', a part of the 33 1/3 series.

Given an engaged, richly voiced performance by David LeDoux, Stearns’ book picks apart, on a musical and lyrical level, this groundbreaking 1988 album by the New York avant-garde band that later influenced groups like Nirvana and the Pixies.

In his performance, LeDoux manages to capture the propulsive nature of Stearns’ ecstatic prose at a comfortable, easy-to-follow pace.

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Daydream Nation is the kind of gorgeous monstrosity (born of extremes, rife with difficulties, and mythic in proportion) that can crush the will of the most resilient, well-intentioned listener if the necessary preparations haven't been made.

Matthew Stearns explores the album from a range of angles, including a track-by-track analysis and a look at the historical and cultural context within which the album was made. Featuring a foreword by Lee Ranaldo and exclusive interviews with the band, this truly is the definitive guide to Daydream Nation.

©2007 Matthew Stearns (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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