When you think of the look and sound of ’80s hardcore, New York, D.C., Boston, and Southern California automatically come to mind. But Michigan? Yes, two new books look back at its underground: Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore, 1979–1984 is an oral history by Tony Rettman that captures the bands (Negative Approach, the Meatmen, and Bored Youth, to name a few) and all the skaters and knuckleheads who revived the stagnant Detroit scene, and Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine, ’79–’83, by Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson, is a look back at the influential music zine, with essays by Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye. Tonight is a reading of both books with ’80s hardcore videos, signings, and drinks.
Tue., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., 2010