This week on Arts & Seizures, hosts Mike Edison and Judy McGuire are having a punk rock day! Welcoming Tony Rettman, author of “New York Hardcore 1980-1990,” to the show, the trio throws back to this genre’s glory days in the big apple. Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. Bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, and Youth of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area. Tony’s oral history captures ten years of struggling, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness. Tune in to get your mosh on! This program was brought to you by Roberta’s Pizza





“The book had more legs than we thought, let’s just say that!” [30:15]


Tony Rettman on Arts & Seizures