Not tired of hearing how cool the music scene was in the good ol’ crime-infested New York of the ’70s? Then head over to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe where rock journalist Will Hermes is promoting his new book on the subject, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, a deeply researched look at the intense musical experimentation that went on when dirt-cheap rents made the Village a haven for true bohemians. Tonight, join Hermes for a chat with the folks who lived through it: performance artist Laurie Anderson, Lenny Kaye (guitarist of the Patti Smith Group), hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc, and Larry Harlow (of Fania All-Stars).

Wed., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., 2011