Tuesday, August 24, 2010
TONIGHT: NYC Book Launch "Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985 "
Why Be Something That You're Not chronicles the first wave of Detroit Hardcore from its origins in the late 70s to its demise in the mid-80s. Through a combination of oral history and extensive imagery, the book proves that even though Southern California might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene--along with a handful of other scenes across the country [cough *Philly* cough] that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hotspots around the globe even knew what the music was about.
The book includes interviews with members of THE FIX, VIOLENT APATHY, NEGATIVE APPROACH, NECROS, PAGANS, BORED YOUTH and L-SEVEN along with people who had a hand in the early hardcore scene like Ian MacKaye (MINOR THREAT), Tesco Vee, and Dave Stimson (Touch & Go Fanzine).