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Corporate Rock Sucks Named Best Music Book of 2022

Jim Ruland

Pitchfork has named Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise & Fall of SST Records one of the 15 Best Music Books of 2022. Here's what Nina Corcoran had to say: 

With Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records, author Jim Ruland organizes a plethora of original interviews, newspaper clippings, and battered flyers into an ode to the label that helped rock evolve. Across 14 in-depth chapters, the book catalogs how SST moved beyond hardcore, fed college radio its meat and potatoes, and impacted regional scenes by amplifying their artists – often at the expense of the pockets of its bands. These anecdotes will likely become a go-to resource for punk archivists looking beyond the impact of Damaged or Double Nickels on the Dime.

The paperback doesn't come out until June but there are still plenty of hardcover editions available wherever you buy books.