Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Vice, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean and Thrasher. In 2010, Revelation Records Publishing released his first book, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985. Rettman is currently working on his second book; an oral history of the New York Hardcore Punk scene.
One of the Great Veteran Rock Journalists Is Also a Poet
'People have shorter attention spans than they used to, so I think the atomization of information will probably continue, compressing word-spurts into shorter and shorter bursts.'
NYHC Legends Life’s Blood Flow Again on ‘Hardcore A.D. 1988′
When Life’s Blood blitzed upon the New York hardcore scene in 1987, it was at a stage in the game where every band was either aping the fervent, sober energy of Youth of Today or the tough guy vibe of Breakdown. Holding no agenda or flag to fly, with nothing more than a staunch and u…