No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes - Signed!
No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes - Signed!
No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes - Signed!
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No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes - Signed!

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No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens by Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven DiLodovico


Trade paperback format. 

No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes is an oral history of 80s-era alternative, metal and punk rock music told through the portal of one club: Trenton, New Jersey's legendary City Gardens.

From Punk to Metal, from Ska and Reggae, New Wave and Alternative, if there was a band you dug through the 80s and 90s that never made the commercial airwaves, there's a damn good chance they played at City Gardens. The club played a huge part in a lot of people's lives...

No Slam Dancing... is an oral history of one of the most important clubs to ever exist. For far too long City Gardens has gone without being recognized as such and now it's time for the people who lived it and made it what it was to tell the story in their own words. Whether you went there or just loved the bands who played there, there is a story inside for everyone who has ever attended a live gig.

Over the course of hundreds of interviews, the authors pull together the narrative of City Gardens during its nearly-20-year run. Whether they were the New Wave-crazed dancers who populated 90-Cent Dance Nights, or the punks and skins who caused mayhem during the hardcore shows, they were the ones who made every event a happening and every show something to behold. The individual memories merge to tell the story of a city, of a scene, and of the indomitable force of creativity, all wrapped into a tiny concrete bunker.

"The first time I played there was in the summer of 1982 as a 21-year-old.  I did a lot of shows there over the next 10+ years... So many stories from the place.  That's why this book is so big... It is a huge chapter in the story of American Independent music.  Some of the best shows I ever did were on that stage.  Who didn't play there?  I am very glad this book exists."  -- Henry Rollins

"Verily I say unto you the time is nigh to re-live those magical, mythical moments that went down in this god-forsaken, brick shithouse in the armpit of the East Coast, Trenton NJ.... This book is a blow-by-blow, play-by-play from people who shouldn't even remember yesterday -- like Gibby Haynes.  What a time to be in a band! And what a place to play.  Trust me, if you were into live music, City Gardens was the shit.  And now courtesy of the good people who poured their passion, hearts, souls and wallets into this tome currently in your grubbies, you too can READ ALL ABOUT IT WEENBAGS!!!" --Tesco Vee, The Meatmen