The Story of Pavement
By Rob Jovanovic
Charles & Co.
Nonfiction/Music , 208 pp., 7 x 9
$19.99 pb., ISBN: 1-932112-07-3
“[Stephen Malkmus of PAVEMENT] is the
Grace Kelly of Rock.”—Courtney Love
“With just one album under their belt
Pavement were already one of the most distinctive and original
bands of the 1990s—equally the product of the post-punk
underground and years of left field rock fandom. They brought
melody and intelligence to the table, but in a manner that
was far more erudite, and more laid back, than their contemporaries.
If the odd chord didn’t quite hit the
mark here or there, then what the heck, just get on with the
song anyway. The off-kilter arrangements, the twisted melodies,
the unpredictable stops and starts and the impenetrable walls
of static all fused together to give Pavement a unique sound.
Many tried to copy it but few made the grade.” —Perfect
From their inception as a distorted lo-fi pop
duo out of Stockton, California, to their mid-career re-incarnation
as a five-piece slumberpop beauty machine, Pavement were a
leading force in the indie art-rock music scene of the late
1990s. Perfect Sound Forever is British music journalist Rob
Jovanovic's engaging profile of the band and their quirkily
dark, melodic sound and cryptic, mirth-filled lyrics. Lavishly
illustrated and presented in resplendent two-color, Perfect
Sound Forever is the only book to be written with full co-operation
of all the band members. Original, eccentric, consistently
tagged “Noise-rock's premier sing-along band”—Pavement
refused to offer a coherent blueprint for success.
In Perfect Sound Forever Rob Jovanovic immerses
himself in this glorious confusion, bringing together the
stories of the people who were there as it happened.