Phil In Phlash/Courtesy of the New York Hardcore Chronicles S.S. Decontrol play at A7 in 1982...In the audience you'll find MCA of the Beastie Boys, Jimmy G of Murphy's Law, and Dr. Know of Bad Brains.
Excerpted here is the third and final of the chapters we are sharing from Tony Rettman's NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 (December 30, Bazillion Points), an oral history of the era as told by characters from the New York hardcore scene. Below is "East Village Nights: A7 and 2+2," which offer various insane stories of the East Village around Avenue A and East 7th Street and Tompkins Square Park in the early '80s. A7 was a small room in the back of current bar Niagara (112 Avenue), and the only indication it ever played host to New York's nascent hardcore scene is a plaque hung earlier this year on its wall.
One final thing: If you're in New York, a book launch party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn).More »