Book Chronicling Detroit’s First Wave of Hardcore Bands Announced

Long-running hardcore record label, Revelation Records, has just announced that they will be releasing Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985, a book that 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 – along with a handful of other cities across the country – that cultivated the music’s grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hot spots 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 other people who had a hand in the early hardcore scene like Ian MacKaye, Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson.

A preview of the book along with photos and other info and downloads can be found here.

BOOK RELEASE SHOWS:
7/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class (Tesco Vee’s Hate Police/White Flag/Hellmouth)
7/17 – Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub (Tesco Vee’s Hate Police/White Flag + More)
7/31 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Negative Approach/Tesco Vee’s Hate Police/Sorcen/Violent Apathy/Hellmouth)
8/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar Bar (Tesco Vee’s Hate Police/Hellmouth/American Speedway/Common Enemy)
8/28 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House (Negative Approach/Tesco Vee’s Hate Police/Mind Eraser/Off With Their Heads/Hellmouth/New Lows)


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