NEW YORK ROCK: From The Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB (St. Martin’s Press), the new book by American Hardcore Author Steven Blush
 
JUNE SIGNINGS:
Thursday, June 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade Records
Friday, June 9 – Freeport, NY @ Freeport Public Library
Thursday, June 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Atomic Books

As a city that represents endless possibilities, New York has been the setting for the dawning of new movements, styles, and genres. In the 20th century, the birth of Rock music represented a connection between art forms and the city’s socioeconomic, racial, and sexual variants.

The latest book by American Hardcore author Steven Blush, entitled NEW YORK ROCK: From The Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB, breaks down the rock scene’s half-century connection to New York and analyzes its distinct subculture through the prism of influences, crosscurrents and psychoactive distractions. Over 1,500 musicians, clubs, and labels, from Madonna to the Ramones, held roles in the making of New York Rock, and it’s their contributions that created this iconic art form. A compilation of firsthand narratives about each genre of rock, from Punk New Wave and Glitter Rock to New York Hardcore and Indie Rock, New York Rock is the ultimate illustrated account of Rock’s role in New York City.

Just announced – Steven Blush will appear at book signings taking place in June, featuring multi-media presentations, Q&A’s and more. See below for all confirmed signings.

JUNE SIGNINGS:
– Thursday, June 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade Records – 7:00pm
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
www.roughtradenyc.com
This signing will also feature a multi-media presentation and panel discussion featuring panelists:

Jesse Malin (D Generation, solo)
Dee Pop (Bush Tetras)
Miriam Linna (Norton Records)
Drew Stone (director, New York Hardcore Chronicles)

– Friday, June 9 – Freeport, NY @ Freeport Public Library – 6:00pm
144 W Merrick Rd, Freeport, NY 11520
www.freeportlibrary.info
This signing will also feature a multi-media presentation, lecture and Q&A.

– Thursday, June 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Atomic Books – 7:00pm
3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211
www.atomicbooks.com
This signing will also feature a multi-media presentation, lecture and Q&A.

For more information on Steven Blush and his books, please visit www.stevenblush.com. Review copies and interviews are available.

About STEVEN BLUSH:
Besides the bestselling American Hardcore, Steven Blush is also author of American Hair Metal (Feral House), .45 Dangerous Minds (Creation) and Lost Rockers (powerHouse). Blush co-produced the eponymous American Hardcore documentary released by Sony Classics, and was the publisher and primary editor of the award-winning Seconds interview magazine. For years, he was a New York City club DJ/promoter, noted for his sound design for fashion designer Stephen Sprouse. He writes for music-oriented magazines and blogs for New York Jets football.

Available Titles by STEVEN BLUSH:
New York Rock (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan) – MORE INFORMATION
Lost Rockers (Penguin/Random House) – MORE INFORMATION
American Hardcore (Feral House) – MORE INFORMATION
American Hair Metal (Feral House) – MORE INFORMATION

NEW YORK ROCK PRESS QUOTES:
“New York Rock is the ultimate illustrated account of Rock’s role in New York City.” – Chris Frantz, Talking Heads

“Written in their own voices, an excellent history of New York City rock. What a cool book!” – Bun E. Carlos, Cheap Trick

“Steven Blush’s new book provides a much-needed service, creating a forum for telling the story of New York Rock by those who made it happen.” – Richard Barone, The Bongos

“Finally a book about rock ‘n’ roll that does what pricey cable dramas cannot: Steven Blush’s New York Rock (St. Martin’s) is rich with stories about the rise of the Velvet Underground and the ruin of CBGB.” – Vanity Fair

“Author Steven Blush’s go-to book about the sub-cultures of rock n’ roll is packed with anecdotes from 1,500 musicians, journalists, artists and club owners from Joey Ramone to Andy Warhol.” – Parade

“Writer/editor Steven Blush, best known for the classic 2001 oral history American Hardcore, blazes a similar trail in his scholarly new publication New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB (St. Martin’s Press). – Salon

“Author, promoter and DJ Steven Blush has been covering the scene for decades, and his new book New York Rock: From the Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB is a comprehensive look at the city’s rock music. – AM New York

“Blush has written a book that definitely chronicles the New York Rock scene, a 40-year journey from the mid-’60s to the closing 10 years ago of the legendary CBGB club that brought us bands like The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads.”­ – NY-1

“New York Rock: From the Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB, he chronicles the many phases of rock ‘n’ roll music in New York City between the 40-year span of 1966 to 2006, from now world-famous bands such as Blondie and Kiss to a whole host of lesser-known bands who were part of the New York rock scene. – Huffington Post

“In his new book New York Rock, Steven Blush gathers interviews with many of the artists, critics and original scenesters who witnessed first-hand the formation of punk’s distinctive subculture-a unique prism of influences, crosscurrents, and psychoactive distractions that coalesced around groundbreaking artists like The Ramones, Television, Richard Hell, Talking Heads, and Blondie.” – Medium/Cuepoint

“Steven Blush has done something truly impressive and exacting here – distill the essence and core of the rock scene in the country’s largest city over four decades into an insanely detailed oral history.” – Houston Press

“There have been a plethora of books about the subject, but few, if any, can boast of being as encyclopedic as New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB.” – The Big Takeover

“This is a comprehensive tome that conveys an understanding of a gritty musical era.” – Kirkus

“With such comprehensive coverage, the only disappointment is that your favorite band may garner only a paragraph.” – Booklist