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Long-closed, famed NJ venue City Gardens is getting the documentary treatment, and now authors Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico have written a book, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, which was published by DiWulf earlier this month (3/10). A press release reads:
Amy and Steven conducted well over 100 interviews for the book including the likes of Henry Rollins (a onetime Trenton resident and Black Flag/Rollins Band frontman), Daily Show host (and former City Gardens bartender) Jon Stewart, Dean Ween, Ian MacKaye (of Minor Threat and Fugazi fame), Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Oderus Urungus (GWAR), Al Jourgenson (Ministry), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags), Tesco Vee (of The Meatmen and Tesco Vee's Hate Police), Dead Kennedy's outspoken frontman Jello Biafra, City Gardens promoter Randy Now, plus bouncers, moshers, punks, skins, and other miscreants...to name but a few! Rollins and Tesco also provide back-cover blurbs re-stating the importance City Gardens held in the underground music scene of the '80s and early '90s.Amy and Steven will be doing a few book signings this month and next, which will feature "dramatic readings by contributors to the book and audience members and the like." One of those signings/readings happens in NYC on April 19 at Jonathan Levine Gallery (529 W 20th St #9) from 3-5 PM.
No Slam Dancing is the product of the true, grass-roots, D.I.Y.-ethic. Self-published, promoted and distributed by the authors, the book's printing was financed through a successful Kickstarter campaign that surpassed their intended goal. The people who backed this project are the ones whose lives were deeply impacted by what City Gardens meant to them, and now the rest of the music-loving world will get a small glimpse as to why.
All dates are listed below...
'No Slam Dancing' Events
March 21st Siren Records 25 E. State St. Doylestown PA (presented by the Doylestown Bookshop) 7PM
March 22 4371 Cresson St Tattoos 4371 Cresson St Manayunk, Philadelphia 1PM
March 29th: Daybreak3, 438 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042 (3-5PM)
March 30th: Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, 10am-5pm Historic Roebling Machine Shop 675 South Clinton Ave Trenton NJ (All day!)
April 3rd: Serrano Restaurant, 20 S. 2nd St. Olde City Philadelphia with special guest DJ Enabler (7PM)
April 7th: Word Books, 123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ. (7:30 - 8:30PM)
April 19th: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W 20th St #9, New York, NY 10011 (3-5PM)