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352 pages, large-format paperback, due in June, 2020

Lavishly illustrated with many rare photographs, Now Is the Time to Invent offers a scintillating account of a vibrant and hugely significant period in music. Drawn from the pages of influential music magazine Puncture, its 60 profiles and interviews cover the indie rock scene that developed in the mid-80s and reached its apex in the 1990s.

It’s hard to define a single starting point for indie rock, but here it’s found in the brilliant psychodramas Kristin Hersch conjured up for Throwing Muses and the deadpan, genre-busting, proto-slacker anthems of Camper Van Beethoven, and followed through to the critical triumphs of Sleater-Kinney and Neutral Milk Hotel more than a decade later. Along the way, it takes in such pioneering artists as Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Meat Puppets,My Bloody Valentine, Nick Cave, Sebadoh, the Breeders, Jeff Buckley, Fugazi, P.J. Harvey, Guided by Voices, Beck, Cat Power, Pavement, Belle & Sebastian, Will Oldham, Rufus Wainwright, Hole, Flaming Lips, the Magnetic Fields, and many more.

Puncture was founded by Katherine Spielmann and Patty Stirling in San Francisco in 1981, and published 47 issues over the next 20 years.

"Puncture . . . demonstrated four key ingredients of great music journalism — knowledge, passion, taste and integrity — that is sorely lacking in most magazines today." Fast ’n’ Bulbous