Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

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In the summer of 1978, the B-52's conquered the New York underground. A year later, the band's self-titled debut album burst onto the Billboard charts, capturing the imagination of fans and music...

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"An absolutely brilliant account of an essential American scene--one that helped define what was hip and cool in the 1980s. Hale's story of Athens and why it matters is smart, probing, revealing...

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