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Boys Don't Lie: A History of Shoes.
When three guys from Zion, Illinois decided to reinvent the music business, they very nearly succeeded. Instead, they accomplished something far more valuable: they had an impact.
Few acts have as mythical a history as the Illinois power pop band Shoes. From their legendary living-room-produced breakthrough Black Vinyl Shoes, through the trio of gems recorded for Elektra Records, and back to their DIY roots, Shoes’ path has not always been straight, but they have nevertheless managed to create some of the finest records the genre has ever produced. In Boys Don’t Lie, pop blogger Mary Donnelly breaks through the myth to tell the real story. With a naïve faith in themselves and their music, Shoes set out to make the kind of records they liked, finding themselves accidentally part of a movement that both fed and swamped them. Withdrawing from the scene, they settled in to form their own studio and label, sharing their distinctive DIY ethos with the next generation of alternative artists. Now elder statesmen of the alt-pop scene, Shoes continues their enduring legacy of friendship and music.
This book will trace the history of this unusual and influential musical group. More than just the history of a single group, Boys Don’t Lie
will tell the tale of the second power pop revolution: the brief interval of fresh air between the death of overblown disco era and the advent of MTV and the synthesizer-based bands that prospered there. These guitar-driven artists, taking their cues from the Beatles, Big Star, and the raw energy of punk, were increasingly defined by the one truly successful act of the movement: The Knack. But that kind of exposure eluded Shoes, who were at once both simpler and more subtle.
This book should appeal to fans of rock history, of the power pop movement, and of cultural history generally.
PRINT DATE: Summer 2012