Stephen Tow's New Book The Strangest Tribe Examines Potent Pre-Grunge Seattle Music Scene

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In 1991, Seattle's sound took the world by storm - but this storm had been brewing in the Pacific Northwest for a decade before it hit MTV. The Strangest Tribe: How A Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge extensively chronicles the rise of rock and roll's last great statement, and unveils what the music really meant to its key players.

The Strangest Tribe: How A Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge

Not since Liverpool and Memphis has one city so dramatically altered the course of music history.

Two decades later we are reminded that grunge isn’t dead, but was it ever truly alive? That’s the question author Stephen Tow set out to answer in his new book The Strangest Tribe: How A Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge (Sasquatch Books, October 2011, $18.95, paperback, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-57061-743-0).

In 1991, Seattle’s sound took the world by storm – but this same storm had been brewing in the Pacific Northwest for a decade before it hit MTV. In The Strangest Tribe, Tow redefines grunge as we know it. More than just plaid shirts, bleached hair and angst, “grunge” is a word used to describe a rich community of artists and their revolutionary moment in time. “Not since Liverpool and Memphis has one city so dramatically altered the course of music history,” says Tow, a college history professor by day and a Seattle underground music historian by night and day.

Based on more than 100 interviews with musicians and other research conducted over a five-year period, Tow extensively chronicles the rise of rock ‘n roll’s last great statement and contextualizes what the music really meant to its key players. A captivating look at this rich community of musicians and their revolutionary moment in time, The Strangest Tribe is essential reading for music fans still rocking to the Seattle sound.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen Tow is a historian specializing in American history and popular music. He teaches at Delaware Valley College outside of Philadelphia, PA.

AUTHOR EVENTS
Tues., October 18, Feedback Lounge, Seattle, WA:
7-7:30pm PT Author book reading and signing; 7:30-9:30pm PT Strangest Tribe rock trivia;
10-11pm PT Live music performance by Tom Price Desert Classic

Weds., Oct. 19, Elliott Bay Book Co., Seattle, WA: 7pm PT – Reading and Q&A with author Stephen Tow and panel of musicians and producers featured in The Strangest Tribe: Rob Morgan (Pudz, Squirrels), Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer, Tom Price Desert Classic), Leighton Beezer (Thrown Ups), Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Green River, Mudhoney, Nirvana, more) and Steve Fisk (Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, Nirvana, more)

Tues., Oct. 25, University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA: 6-7pm ET – Author book reading and signing

Fri., Oct. 28, Penn State University Bookstore, University Park, PA: 1-3pm ET – Author book reading and signing

Weds., Nov 2, Chester County Book and Music Company, West Chester, PA: 7-8pm ET – Author book reading and signing

Thurs., Nov. 3, Doylestown Bookshop, Doylestown, PA: 6-7pm ET – Author book reading and signing

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