Tuesday, August 24, 2010

EVENT: Fri, August 27th: Touch and Go & Detroit Hardcore!

Friday August 27th

Brickbat Books

a book signing for

TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83
WHY BE SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE NOT: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985

Along with jazz and comic books, hardcore is a completely American invention. All it took was a gang of bored and obnoxious youth from the exotic locale of East Lansing, MI to start a few bands. While inspired by the media-baiting shock antics of Limey acts like Sex Pistols and Sham 69, the sounds produced by the Fix, Necros, and Negative Approach were far more pulverizing, fast, energetic, angry, and vicious, to the point that the original punk bands sounded utterly tame and polite in comparison. Finding out about like-minded numbskulls in DC and LA, self-releasing records, touring, and making fanzines is what begat the DIY ethic in the American underground. Whether you personally listen to hardcore in 2010 is beside the point- practically every figure of note in the underground/"alternative" culture was influenced by some aspect of it and can agree on the validity of it as a true American art form. We are pleased to welcome 2 authors for a book signing/meet n' greet.

Tesco Vee is one of the founders of Touch and Go Fanzine/Records and, as a member of the Meatmen, crafted compassionate and tender songs like "Tooling for Anus" and "Crippled Children Suck."

Tony Rettman is among the best exports of Ewing Township, NJ. He has written for Blastitude, Swingset, Arthur, Thrasher, and (presumably) more. His breadth of musical knowledge is breathtaking.

TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83
Tesco Vee & Dave Stimson

$29.95 SOLD OUT

Touch and Go fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late ’70s, TV and DS set out to chronicle, lambaste, ridicule, and heap praise on all they arbitrarily loved or hated in the music communities in the US and abroad.

In laughably minuscule press runs by today’s standards, T & G was made by guys within the Midwest scene strictly for the edification of scenesters and pals in other cities like DC, Philly, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, et al. Inspired by magazines such as Slash and Search and Destroy and writers like Claude Bessy and Chris Desjardines, TV and DS pumped out seventeen naughty, irreverent issues together, and TV did another five solo.

Magazines like Forced Exposure and Your Flesh, among others, soon fired up Xerox machines themselves, and the rest is history. So is the legendary independent record label launched from this zine, and so are the bands covered inside: Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Misfits, Negative Approach, the Fix, the Avengers, the Necros, Discharge, Iron Cross, Youth Brigade, Faith, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea—and all the other punks worth their weight in glorious black and white.

TOUCH AND GO: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79–’83
576 stiff full-sized 8.5″ x 12″ pages. The complete series 1979–1983. Twenty-two issues in one loud, fast volume.

Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985
Tom Rettman, forward by Tesco Vee

$16.00 SOLD OUT!

In the early seventies, Detroit was the musical hub of America. Everything from the chart topping sounds of Motown records to the vicious proto-punk of The Stooges was being brewed out there and it seemed like there was no end in sight. But by the early eighties, the city was both a physical and cultural wasteland due to major label buyouts of the artists as well as the crippling drug habits of some of the others. Detroit's most known musical export at the time was the vapid sounds of New Wave heartthrobs The Romantics; this wasn't good. It took a gaggle of suburban skateboarders, a grade school teacher and a census bureau clerk to wake this city up from its slumber and start one of the first hardcore punk scenes in America.

"Why Be Something That You're Not" chronicles the first wave of Detroit hardcore from its origins in the late seventies to its demise in the mid-eighties. Through a combination of oral history and extensive imagery, the book proves that even though the Southern California beach towns might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hot spots even knew what the music was about.

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