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Brick Through the Window


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Steve Nodine is a web developer and author of The Cease Is Increase: An Oral History of the Milwaukee Punk & Alternative Music Scene, interviews from which provide the foundation for this book. Steve has written for the ShepherdExpress, OnMilwaukee.com, Loose magazine and Fall from Grace, in addition to several blog sites. Steve was the lead singer for the Milwaukee-based bands Dark Façade and Between Walls, and has recorded with the renowned Milwaukee noise band Boy Dirt Car. His most recent musical project is as singer and songwriter for the Milwaukee band Newly Damaged. Eric Beaumont is a musician, DJ, paralegal and writer living in Milwaukee. His literary criticism has appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, African American Review, Milwaukee JournalSentinel and ShepherdExpress. As Eric Blowtorch, he has written, performed, and arranged six albums, seven singles and numerous songs on compilations and soundtracks. As a solo singer/guitarist and bandleader, he has played across America and in England, Canada and Jamaica, where he performed with the Alpha Boys Band. Beaumont has lectured on Jamaican music and history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. His published interviews include those with George McGovern, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, KRS-ONE, Wayne Kramer, Linton Kwesi Johnson, De La Soul, Manic Street Preachers, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and filmmaker Karyn Kusama. Clancy Carroll is a musician, record label owner and music writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His past bands, including Ozone, the Ones, the Dominoes, the Clancy Carroll Band, 3 On Fire, c2, and AlNiCo, have released numerous 45s, EPs, CDs, and compilation tracks. As King and CEO of Splunge Communications, Inc., he has released records by the likes of the Haskels, the Prosecutors, Triple Forbidden Taboo, Wanda Chrome and the Leather Pharaohs and Fuckface, as well as the double-CD compilation History in 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982. Carroll has written record reviews, reviewed live shows and conducted interviews for Autonomy, Milwaukees first punk fanzine; Express; and Milk magazine, in which "Clancy's Kookie Corner" was a reader's favorite.


Remember, Milwaukee punk rock fans, that line in the Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off," when Gordon Gano sings "I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record"?Well, four local musicians and writers have now created the most detailed permanent record to date of those do-it-yourself years here. And despite the struggles and casualties documented, it sounds like they were fun.Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984 builds on Steven Nodine's earlier book, The Cease Is Increase. For this new, larger and textually cleaner oral history, Nodine (Dark Facade) was joined by collaborating musician-writers Eric Beaumont (Eric Blowtorch) and Clancy Carroll (The Ones, The Dominoes) and longtime scene chronicler David Luhrssen, arts and entertainment editor of the ShepherdExpress.For anyone who experienced part of this era, as I did, reading Brick Through the Window may trigger nostalgic memories of shows at Starship or Zak's, or the thrill of discovering new vinyl by the Red Ball Jets or the Haskels.But reading this book also deepened my awareness of how different those days were, of how much effort it took in that pre-internet era both for bands to promulgate their music and for listeners to discover it.-Jim Higgins, "New Book Evokes Prime Years of Milwaukee Punk Rock," Milwaukee JournalSentinel, Feb. 3, 2017

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