Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Vice, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean and Thrasher. In 2010, Revelation Records Publishing released his first book, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985. Rettman is currently working on his second book; an oral history of the New York Hardcore Punk scene.
41 Years Ago: The Grateful Dead Release ‘From the Mars Hotel’
The Grateful Dead released their seventh studio album on June 27, 1974.
40 Years Ago: Gentle Giant Release ‘The Power And The Glory’
Gentle Giant's second album after Phil Shulman's departure,' The Power and the Glory,' dealt the corrupting influence of money.
40 Years Ago: Buffalo Release ‘Only Want You For Your Body’
The down-and-dirty Australian cult band released their third album in June 1974.
31 Years Ago: Mick Jagger Releases ‘State of Shock’ with Michael Jackson
'State of Shock' would become the Stones frontman's highest-ever charting solo song.
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Release ‘Two Virgins’
When John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Two Virgins’ was released in November 1968, it threw more than a few Beatles fans for a loop. From the cover image of a stark-naked Lennon and Ono to the other-worldly and improvised sounds contained within, ‘Two Virgins’ was both a singular statement for the time and a line in the sand -- not only between Lennon and his fans, but among his band members as well. Re