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 undying love for the music, they made a profound impact in their scant yearlong existence...
Look on the ‘Brightside’ and Make Old Killing Time Vinyl Reappear
Open up your eager eyes.
Communities Are Still Key for ‘Banned in D.C.’ Creator Cynthia Connolly
'Doing these talks is a way to pass on the energy and message that, no matter what moment in time we live in, we create our own set scene.'
Get Violent With Discharge, U.K. Subs and Their Savage UK82 Peers
Wade through a sea of leather, bristles, studs and acne.
Open the Pit With Cro-Mags, Judge and the Best Hardcore Instrumental Intros Ever
Rise and fall with 10 essential head-stompers.
Explore the Cosmos With 10 Hidden Krautrock Gems
Both newbies and seasoned, stoned-out veterans alike will be pleased.
Protester Take Umbrage With the Status Quo on ‘Nothing to Me’
Refuse and resist like the champion you are.
Agnostic Front, S.O.D. and 9 More Essential Crossover Bands
Uma, Oprah. Metal, hardcore.
Charles Manson’s Diabolical Musical Reach: From the Beach Boys to Black Flag to NIN
Look at your game, boys and girls.