- Michael Azerrad
Michael Azerrad is an American author, journalist and musician. He grew up in the New York City area and received his BA degree from Columbia College in 1983. During his college years, he was both a roommate and a bandmate of keyboard virtuoso Marc Capelle (who later went on to become a member of American Music Club.)
After college, Azerrad played drums in various small bands while pursuing a career in music journalism. Besides writing features for Spin, Musician and Details, and a stint at MTV News from 1987 through 1992, Azerrad wrote several hundred pieces for Rolling Stone magazine from 1987 through 1993, including cover stories on the B-52's and Nirvana, and was eventually named contributing editor. He has since written major features for The New Yorker, Mojo, Italian GQ and the New York Times, as well as cover stories for Spin and Revolver.
In 1993, Doubleday Books published Azerrad's definitive, best-selling biography of Nirvana, entitled Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, which appeared six months before bandleader Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Azerrad spent many months interviewing the band members and their friends, relatives and associates, and Cobain and the other members of the band shared a wide variety of archival materials with him, many of which are reproduced in the book.
His subsequent book, Our Band Could Be Your Life  (Little, Brown and Company, 2001) was a collection of profiles of thirteen prominent indie rock bands of the 1980s and early 1990s, including Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Minutemen and The Replacements. In 2000, Q magazine named Come as You Are one of the 50 greatest rock books ever written, and in 2006 The Guardian rated Our Band Could Be Your Life as one of the 50 best music books ever written. In 2009, Paste magazine named the book one of the 12 best music books of the decade; the Los Angeles Times listed it as one of "46 Essential Rock Reads" and in 2011 Pitchfork listed the book in "Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books."
Azerrad has written liner notes for various albums and DVDs by artists including: Paul McCartney, Gang of Four, Violent Femmes, Screaming Trees, Guided by Voices, Meat Puppets, the Jesus Lizard, the B-52's, the live comedy series Invite Them Up and the 1991 cult TV series Fishing with John. He has spoken at various music festivals and conventions, including SXSW, CMJ, Insound, by:Larm, and the Reeperbahn Festival.
Since 2002 Azerrad has himself been a member of now defunct indie band the King of France, whose acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 2004, and in 2005 became an original member of Reprise Records recording artists the LeeVees. In summer 2009, he became a founding member of children's music band the Macaroons, whose debut album Let's Go Coconuts was released by JDub Records in spring 2010.
In 2006, Azerrad co-produced an award-winning documentary about Kurt Cobain, Kurt Cobain: About a Son. He is the editor of See a Little Light, the autobiography of former Husker Du and Sugar leader Bob Mould, published by Little, Brown in June 2011.
During 2008/2009 Kingston, UK band Tubelord used Azerrad's name in their single "I Am Azerrad," which includes the line "I kill today, I'll kill you Azerrad," prompting Azerrad to write a humorous essay about the experience for Spin magazine.
- ^ Come as You Are. Doubleday. 1993. ISBN 0-385-47199-8.
- ^ Our Band Could Be Your Life. Little Brown. 2001. ISBN 0-316-78753-1.
- ^ Paste magazine The 12 Best Music Books of the Decade (2000-2009), Paste, 2009-11-13. Accessed online 2009-11-16.
- ^ Carolyn Kellogg, The 46 essential rock reads, The Los Angeles Times, Jacket Copy, 2009-09-01. Accessed online 2009-11-16.
- ^ Pitchfork, Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books, Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books, 2011-07-11. Accessed online 2011-07-11.
- ^ Michael Azerrad, Lyrical Assassin, Spin, 2008-10-27. Accessed online 2009-04-28.
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