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Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story

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Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story
AuthorJohn D. Luerssen
Cover artistSolo Design
CountryUnited States
SubjectBiography of the band Weezer
PublisherECW Press
Publication date2004
Media typePrint (Paperback)
ISBN1550226193 (ISBN-10)

Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story is a biography of the band Weezer written by Rolling Stone writer John D. Luerssen and published in 2004.


Author Luerssen, according to the book's preface, conceived the idea of writing a Weezer biography in May of 2002, following the release of Maladroit, and subsequently contacted Karl Koch, Sarah C. Kim, and Pat Wilson. Despite Wilson's initial enthusiasm, Rivers Cuomo ultimately declined to participate on behalf of the band, later e-mailing Luerssen as the book was being typeset to clarify "I felt that it was not time for me to reflect. I sense that huge changes were about to come over me." Luerssen did speak with former members Matt Sharp and Jason Cropper, as well as band-adjacent personalities like Ric Ocasek for the book. These interviews, along with material sourced from contemporary articles and websites make up most of the sources for the Rivers' Edge. Cuomo commented on the book briefly in a 2006 interview:

The Harvard Crimson: Well, it was in the unauthorized biography, “Rivers’ Edge”—have you seen it?

Rivers: Oh, right. I heard that it wasn’t very accurate.

The Harvard Crimson: Have you tried to suppress it?

Rivers: No, I just didn’t want to participate in it, but apart from that, there’s nothing I can do to stop it.


Infighting, power struggles, membership firings and resignations, lawsuits, settlements, non-disclosure agreements, oddball behavior, and, most importantly, fabulous rock music. Welcome to Weezer’s weird world, steered by brainchild Rivers Cuomo — perhaps the world’s most unlikely rock star. Exhaustively researched, Rivers’ Edge documents the rise of the band from Cuomo’s beginnings as a failure on Hollywood’s hair metal scene to his reinvention of himself as the undeniable ruler of Weezer. Luerssen uncovers what really happened during Weezer’s strange hiatus and subsequent re-emergence in 2000, which was one of the most successful comebacks in music history. Through key interviews with friends, associates, members of Weezer, and bandmates in their solo projects, Rivers’ Edge is a must-own for any Weezer fan.

Product description from Amazon.com

This compelling look at the inside life of Weezer, one of the most intriguing and dynamic bands in contemporary rock, offers insightful commentary on their rise to stardom. A complete historiography, it covers their first commercial success, The Blue Album; their four-year hiatus; and their 2000 Warped Tour comeback. A detailed look at the childhood and failed hair-metal career of band founder Rivers Cuomo provides a revealing look at the inspiration that led this band to stardom. No secrets are left untold, revealing behind-the-scenes stories of infighting, power struggles, and lawsuits. Key interviews with band members and friends complete this dynamic analysis.

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