Tony Rettman

Tony Rettman is the author of three highly regarded books on the history of American Hardcore Punk: Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979–1985 (Revelation Records Publishing, July 2010), NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 (Bazillion Points, December 2014) and Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History (Bazillion Points, November 2017). His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Vice, The Guardian, The Wire and Red Bull Music Academy. Please purchase his books here.

Stories By Tony Rettman

The Warriors of a Failed Revolution

Fifty years ago, young idealists swore to end American injustice. When their movement splintered, their lives diverged—from quiet college prof to infamous kidnappers to filthy-rich hotelier.

Year of the Mad Bomber

Fifty years ago, a left-wing radical planted bombs across New York, launching a desperate manhunt—and an explosive new strain of political extremism.