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No Wave traces the history of this influential genre from its most famous names down to its many offshoots and sidetracks. From early pioneers like Suicide and Glenn Branca , to forgotten treasures like Red Transistor and Bush Tetras , the book No Wave charts all the cracks and crevices of a surprisingly diverse movement.Flashing through the New York underground in the late 1970s, No Wave was the ultimate anti-movement. Its bands consisted of artists and poets untrained in music, looking to explode rock and disappear before the smoke cleared. The primary perpetrators - Lydia Lunch 's howling Teenage Jesus and the Jerks , James Chance 's Contortions, the dark-noise groups Mars and DNA - all drew on primitivism, performance art, and the avant-garde. They were best known for short songs and even shorter life-spans. The book also delves into No Wave cinema, a vibrant underground scene where figures like Jim Jarmusch , Nick Zedd , and Steve Buscemi first cut their teeth.

Illustrated with concert photos, record covers, and other ephemera of the times, and filled with quotes from those who were there.