LOSER: THE REAL SEATTLE MUSIC STORY by Clark Humphrey

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LOSER: THE REAL SEATTLE MUSIC STORY by Clark Humphrey
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Dec 1, 1995, 14:02

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LOSER: THE REAL SEATTLE MUSIC STORY by Clark Humphrey; Feral House, 1995

Loser is a more or less, perfunctory overview of the history of the Seattle Music Scene. I say perfunctory only because I feel in all fairness, Mr. Humphrey might have researched his subject a while longer as there are areas here that could have been widely expanded, and it is not without its good number of simple inaccuracies that could have been avoided had he spared himself more time (I for one would have liked to have seen a hell of a lot more scope given to the '60s and it's sadly just a cursory view here). The book does however have a huge preponderance of significant and some not so significant errata, and minutiae to sate the curiosity of any arm-chair music historian, and succeeds wildly (but again, to varying effect due to omissions and errors) when it's covering the '80s and '90s, which is what most of this is about anyway. Additionally, Art Chantry has done an excellent job of spiking Loser with tons of great archival visuals to illustrate the text and it is that which, for the most part, steals the show. While we all know something like this was bound to happen sooner or later, at the very least we can be glad that this was put together by insiders as opposed to outsiders looking to turn a quick buck, which is good. There's always something good to be had, not to mention, nice things to be said about those who are keen in keeping those dollars largely within their own economy. A Washingtontonian's coffee table item to be sure.

-Peter Davis

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