Though I still need to find another book on the 70-80 era of punk to compliment the last book, I’m restarting Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991. Though I’ve read that it’s a little off and that it ignores some prominent bands (Pixies and Flaming Lips!?!), it still looks like a great starting place for post-punk and hardcore.
If nothing else, I own a lot of the music the book covers now (I didn’t when I started it before and it was amazingly frustrating) so it’ll be an easier, more enlightening read. I’m really curious about Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr. in particular since I was hearing a lot of Sugar and Folk Implosion when I was first really getting into music, so hopefully I’ll get to know a bunch about Lou Barlow and Bob Mould.