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BOB SUREN (CRATEDIGGER) AND TONY RETTMAN (NYHC) IN CONVERSATION
Jul 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NO WRISTBAND REQUIRED!
TONY RETTMAN, AUTHOR OF NYHC, AND BOB SUREN, AUTHOR OF CRATE DIGGER, IN CONVERSATION
7PM / All ages
BOB SUREN: Bob Suren discovered punk rock as a teenager and spent thirty years of his life obsessing about all aspects of the genre. He is the founder of Sound Idea Record Store, Sound Idea Distribution, Burrito Records and the band Failure Face.
CRATE DIGGER: In this engaging memoir, a small town Florida teenager discovers punk rock through a loaned mix tape and before long, punk music and culture slowly takes over all aspects of his life. His new passion causes him to form a band, track down out-of-print records that he loves and begin to reissue them, open a record store, begin a record distribution operation as a public service, mentor a host of young musicians, and befriend all manner of punk luminaries along the way. Slowly, his life’s pursuit pushes him to the point of personal ruination and ultimately redemption.
TONY RETTMAN: Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Vice, The Wire, The Guardian, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean and Thrasher. He is a regular contributor to Noisey where he has a weekly column entitled, ‘Epitaph for a Head’. Rettman has provided liner notes for such artists as Hackamore Brick, Bored Youth, Beyond, The Crumbsuckers, King Darves, Violent Students and many more. In 2010, Revelation Records Publishing released his first acclaimed book, ‘Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985′. Tony’s most recent book, ‘NYHC 1980 – 1990′ was released by Bazillion Points Publishing in December of 2014 and has received praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post and many other outlets.
NYHC 1980-1990: Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, and Youth of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.
Tony Rettman’s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.
With a foreword by Freddy Cricien of Madball, who made his stage debut with Agnostic Front at age 7,NYHC slams the sidewalk with savage tales of larger-than-life characters and unlikely feats of willpower. The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of Absolution, Adrenalin O.D., Agnostic Front, Antidote, Bad Brains, Bloodclot, Bold, Born Against, Breakdown, Cause for Alarm, Citizens Arrest, Cro-Mags, Crumbsuckers, Death Before Dishonor, Even Worse, False Prophets, Gorilla Biscuits, H20, Heart Attack, Inhuman, Into Another, Irate, Judge, Kraut, Leeway, Life’s Blood, Major Conflict, Murphy’s Law, Nausea, Nihilistics, Nuclear Assault, Numskulls, Outburst, Pro-Pain, Quicksand, Raw Deal, Reagan Youth, Rorschach, S.O.D., Sacrilege, Savage Circle, Sheer Terror, Shelter, Shok, Sick of it All, Side by Side, Skinhead Youth, Straight Ahead, the Abused, the Cryptcrashers, the Mad, the Misfits, the Misguided, the Mob, the Psychos, the Ritz, the Stimulators, the Undead, Token Entry, Underdog, Urban Waste, Virus, Warzone, Youth of Today, and many, many more.