THIS IS THE SOUND by Randi Reisfeld


Age Range: 10 - 15
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 From the stomach-wrenching perversity of Nine Inch Nails to the Celtic sound of the cranberries, the nine groups profiled here represent alternative rock's startling diversity, but this routine assortment of hype and soundbites does neither the music nor the musicians justice--and any survey that leaves out the likes of REM and Nirvana is bound to be seriously deficient. Acknowledging no specific sources and using language that ranges from inept (``They flat rejected all the big money offers'') to laughable (the group Belly ``was bulging with promise''), Reisfeld (Melrose Place, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) tells essentially the same story over and over: unhappy childhoods, serendipitous meetings with other teenage outsiders, a short period of obscurity, an album or three, huge success. The frontmen and frontwomen (``There are just as many women rocking just as hard as the guys''--oh, really?) contribute the usual platitudes about fans, money (``does absolutely nothing for you,'' says Eddie Vedder), and being true to themselves, and the taboo subjects--drugs, sex, business--are barely mentioned. At publication it will already be dated; stick with the sketches in Spin, Heavy Metal, and other periodicals. (b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 10-15)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80670-1
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Aladdin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1996