Foreword by Tom Morello. Introduction by Doug Brod. SIDE 1 A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. 1. 6,557 Miles to Nowhere ( CHUCK KLOSTERMAN ). Revisiting the sites of rock'n'roll departures. 2. Hands on a Hardbody ( DAVID HAJDU ). Fetishizing one's first guitar. 3. Summer of '69 ( MIKE RUBIN ). Exploring the cultural battle between Charles Manson and Woodstock. 4. My Bloody Valentine ( DANA ADAM SHAPIRO ). Breaking up with a letter composed of lyrics from 69 breakup songs. REVIEW: Rob Sheffi eld on Morrissey's Vauxhall and I . SIDE 2 REBEL YELL. 5. Chinese Water Torture ( ELIZABETH GILBERT ). Visiting the Yangtze River's controversial Three Gorges Dam. 6. War Is Loud ( DAVID PEISNER ). Investigating the U.S. military's use of music as an instrument of torture. 7. Fearless Bouncers, Critical Beat-Downs, and Insane Posses at America's Craziest Club ( CHRIS NORRIS ). Enjoying Detroit's alarming nightlife' 8. Red, Hot, and Bothered ( RJ SMITH ). Moshing with Rage Against the Machine in Moscow. REVIEW: Ann Powers on Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out . SIDE 3 THE OUTSIDERS. 9. Middle-American Gothic ( JONATHAN AMES ). Being odd man out at a Midwest goth festival. 10. School's Out ( TOM SINCLAIR ). Remembering New York City's real rock'n'roll high school. 11. The Art of the Hustle ( CHARLES AARON ). Pounding the pavement with rock's hungriest band. REVIEW: Sasha Frere-Jones on Run-D.M.C.'s Crown Royal . SIDE 4 THE RIGHT PROFILE. 12. Let Us Now Praise Women Uncaged ( DAVE EGGERS ). Extolling the virtues of Joanna Newsom and Karen O. 13. Lady Sings the Blues ( STEVE KANDELL ). Avoiding rehab with Amy Winehouse. 14. The Rebirth of Cool ( MARC SPITZ ). Introducing the Strokes. 15. Bruce's Transparent Dogshit ( RICHARD MELTZER ). Dissecting the Boss. REVIEW: Terri Sutton on Foo Fighters' debut. SIDE 5 VOICES CARRY. 16. Don't Look Back in Anger ( DOUG BROD ). Chatting with Oasis' Noel Gallagher' 17. Street Hassle ( DAVID MARCHESE ). Surviving Lou Reed. 18. Armageddon in Effect ( JOHN LELAND ). Confronting Chuck D. 19. Dearly Beloved ( BRIAN RAFTERY ). Presenting an oral history of Prince's Purple Rain. REVIEW: Sia Michel on DJ Shadow's. Endtroducing ... Acknowledgments. Credits.
Doug Brod is editor in chief of SPIN magazine. Formerly a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly , he has written for the Village Voice and the Hollywood Reporter . He also contributed to SPIN: 20 Years of Alternative Music .