CHIRP Book Club

Join CHIRP at our store on Thursday, May 2nd, for the next installment of their bi-monthly book group, covering Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records by Laura Ballance

 

FAQ:
 
Q: Do I have to finish the whole book?
 
A: No! Really, you just need to have an opinion or interest in the topic of the book. You will not be tested on comprehension or interpretation of themes, motifs, etc.
 
Q: What do you guys talk about?
 
A: Usually we'll have someone facilitate the discussion by asking some general questions (did you like/dislike? favorite/least favorite part, etc.) and identifying some interesting passages or questions raised by the book. We also listen to music related to the topic at hand.
 
Q: Is it a big group?
 
A: Nope, typically just 4-8 people, which is probably for the best. We want to have a good discussion where everybody feels comfortable to speak. 
 
Q: How late do you go?
 
A: The shop closes at 8pm and we try to get out shortly after. Participants are encouraged to continue their discussions over drinks at one of Roscoe's many fine establishments. 
 
Each meeting is BYOB and light refreshments are provided. If you are interested in leading the discussion for any of the books listed above or making a playlist, please email moizza@chirpradio.org.
 
Books we've covered so far:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azzerad
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley
Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
How Music Works by David Byrne
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
 
Event date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126244
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - September 15th, 2009

 

Merge Records defies everything you’ve heard about the music business. Started by two twenty-year-old musicians, Merge is a lesson in how to make and market great music on a human scale.  The fact that the company is prospering in a failing industry is something of a miracle. Yet two of their bands made the Billboard Top 10 list; more than 1 million copies of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible have been sold; Spoon has appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show; and the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs is a contemporary classic.


In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, founders Mac and Laura offer first-person accounts—with the help of their colleagues and Merge artists—of their work, their lives, and the culture of making music. Our Noise also tells the behind-the-scenes stories of Arcade Fire, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, Superchunk, Lambchop, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Butterglory. Hundreds of personal photos of the bands, along with album cover art, concert posters, and other memorabilia are included.