After many years of hard work, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, the No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes:An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens book is ready! Written by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico, the book documents the history of City Gardens, a punk club club in Trenton NJ that existed from 1979-1999. The story is told through hundreds of interviews with musicians, bouncers, stage managers, bartenders, roadies, managers, and the fans who went there.
Published in DIY ethic, promoted and distributed by the authors, this piece brings in a true, very inteesting and absorbing story of a legendary place that forever changed lives of many people. Pre-order at this location.
Also, make sure to chekc out this trailer of Riot On The Dance Floor, a 2013 story of the owner Randy Now and City Gardens, featuring the iconic photography of Thrasher Magazine’s Ken Salerno. It is also told through an oral history format of in-depth interviews and archival footage, bringing to life the gritty story of one of New Jersey’s most infamous clubs and its larger than life promoter. It’ll surely get you a better idea of the place:
Here’s a teaser for the book’s Kickstarter campaign:
And here are some of the sets recorded at the venue: