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A few years ago my parents sold our childhood home and in doing so uncovered all the junk that my brother and I had left in the basement since we moved out. One item was a box of forty to fifty cassette tapes which showed up on my Oakland doorstep soon thereafter. These tapes are in a sense a partial documentation of my adolescence growing up in small town Iowa in the eighties.

You'll see as you finger through this book a fair number of hair and bad metal bands as well as a random new wave group here and there. I remember having far more tapes than these. In fact, there had to be a few hundred by they time I went off to college and CD's became the new standard bearer. The tapes documented in this book are those that for one reason or another I left behind – most likely because I was too embarrassed to have on hand as I introduced myself to a new group of peers as a freshman at college that influential freshman year when Nirvana and grunge had their day in the sun. This explains a bit why there are no Jane's Addiction, Sonic Youth, Metallica, R.E.M to lend me some semblance of indie street cred in this book. At some point all the tapes I did take to college were stolen out of my 1987 Toyota pick-up so all that are left are these artifacts of a youth cruising main street Saturday nights in an Iowa town of six-thousand.

This book is a permanent documentation, a lasting tactile memory, of these tapes and my teenage years. Once complete I'll likely throw out the actual tapes or post the entire box on Ebay. If for some reason I really want to hear Motley Crue, Fresh Prince, Frankie Goes to Hollywood or for some strange, self-fulfilling reason Poison I can always now just download a digital copy in a matter of seconds.


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Chad Jennings
CapnScrappy London

father. product maker. designer. cofounder, vp product now expat in uk. vp ux book geek. music geek. photography geek. whiteboard warrior. foo dog killah.

Fecha de publicación  03 de junio de 2008

Dimensiones  Apaisado estándar  140 páginas Papel premium, acabado mate

Categoría  Entretenimiento

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