Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story

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Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story  
Cover of the book
Author(s)John D Luerssen
CountryUnited States
Subject(s)Biography of the band Weezer
PublisherECW Press
Publication dateAugust 1, 2004
Media typePrint (Paperback)
ISBN1550226193 (ISBN-10)

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


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.


The book is generally regarded as poorly-written by fans. None of the band members were contacted or interviewed for the book. Rivers Cuomo commented on it 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.

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