Posted in books | music | tour dates on March 20, 2014

No Slam Dancing

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.

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.

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.

All dates are listed below...

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'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)

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Comments (38)

Such a great read. If you're a fan of alternative/indie or just good music, this is a book for you. The Exploited/skinhead fight was insane.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 6:44 PM

Newark is the new Trenton.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:23 PM

Montclair! 3/29 bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:26 PM

7:16 is 19 years old.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:33 PM

Ugh. Can you imagine how fucking lame this self indulgent nostalgia trip will be. We get it: you used to be young and listen to music.

But dudes, seriously, you're fucking old now. Crusty ass Dads who want to relive the good 'ol days.

Ah, yeah, no. I'll wait for the 285 Kent documentary.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:46 PM

7:33 is 56 years old.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:47 PM

Fat bald fucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:49 PM

Where I saw my first show ever; Agnostic Front and Sick of It All, 1990. Fugazi, Gorilla Biscuits, The Ramones...So many memories of this place.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:58 PM

FOREWORD BY D

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 8:09 PM

Gentleman Jim Norton!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 8:15 PM

Saw ween open for fugazi. Ween kept asking the skinheads (who were yelling at them the whole set) in a whiney voice: "why don't you like us...whyyyyy" - skinheads were so pissed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 8:24 PM

The Ipods

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 8:27 PM

Needs to come out on kindle.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 9:09 PM

You little twits wouldn't know real music if it crawled up you ass and slithered out your ears. If you weren't at City Gardens then you don't know anything about music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 9:10 PM

Bitches night out in Lodi was 100 times more slamming than City Gardens.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 9:18 PM

8:50 - just turned 16.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 11:50 PM

^older than rockin daddy

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 11:56 PM

DA-Dongle J2534 the new range rover test

Posted by DA-Dongle J2534 | March 21, 2014 5:18 AM

Spent many fun nights here, dancing, etc...

Posted by New wave | March 21, 2014 6:11 AM

don't care who played at this place or anything else - IT WAS IN NJ, ARMPIT OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 8:17 AM

Great read....also on the Daily Show with Gibby Butthole next Tuesday. Jon Stewart used to bartend at CG

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 9:05 AM

but what will Ben from the Men think? will he verify this book's punk credentials? will he connect it to homework, or franchise pita-shop jobs? will he make it okay for us to like this book?

obviously, I'm witholding any interest/opinion until I get it from Ben from the Men.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 9:22 AM

Pogues! Toothless Shane chain smokin' and guzzling a gallon bottle of red wine.

Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2014 9:35 AM

"Slam dancing" is such a retarded term. It sounds like the term came from some 13-year old Mars Volta fan with a sugar dependency. If that's what's referred to as "moshing", then just call it fucking "moshing" then.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 10:16 AM

D is working on his own memoir, "If These Cargo Shorts Could Talk"

Also 9:22 is in Perfect Pussy

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 10:24 AM

YOU are retarded 10:16.

'slam dancing' pre-dates 'moshing' as a term by a decade.

surely you are 14 yrs. old?

if not, then your development retarded at that stage.

and 'moshers' are 'assholes.'

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 10:33 AM

10:33 is so fucking old.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 12:22 PM

10:33 should of paid more attention in English comprehension class at Nassau Community College.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 12:31 PM

^should of, or should have?
should'f, or should've

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 12:42 PM

12:42 beats 12:31 like a rented mule

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 12:44 PM

No one cares about this place.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 2:02 PM

12:42- fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 2:19 PM

7:46- In the future, could you please preface your posts with "this will be pointless" so we can avoid the effort of reading them? Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 2:22 PM

Where is the legendary Pita Pit?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 2:40 PM

fuck sick-o
this will only further reinforce his belief he was a key player in a scene that never knew him

Posted by alex delarge | March 21, 2014 4:22 PM

2:22 is 46 years old. And bald.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 10:39 PM

have so much potential

Posted by Trezdon Fisher | May 20, 2014 5:19 AM

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