CURRENTLY READING: Love RocK Revolution by Mark Baumgarten
THIS…this is the why:
“One day [my brother’s friend]…brought my older brother Eric a cassette tape with two dozen songs recorded on it. I don’t remember them all, but I do know that there was no Van Halen [on it.] Instead I heard all of this wonderful, strange music: “Don Henley Must Die” by Mojo Nixon, “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys, and my favorite, “Punk Rock Girl” by The Dead Milkmen.
My Brother and I listened to the tape constantly, we fought over it, and when we heard The Dead Milkmen would be playing in that big town fifty miles away, we went. There, in a little dark all-ages club, we saw a band play live, close enough to touch. We screamed and we danced and then we went home, exhausted but exhilarated.
This isn’t a book about The Dead Milkmen. What happened that night at my first concert, though, is what this book is all about. At that moment, dancing wildly to my favorite band playing my favorite song, music changed for me. It was no longer about listening; it became about joining in.”
~Mark Baumgarten in his Introduction