“Hermes details all the weird, wonderful, and historic happenings in New York music from New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, an astoundingly rich period that witnessed the birth and flowering of punk, hip-hop/turntable culture, and disco, and interesting developments in salsa, jazz, and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I read half way through..it has a lot of information in it. You have to be a serious musc lover to take it all in. Perhaps i will pick it up again one day and finish it but i just got a little bored with it. It's like a musical text book that jumps all over the place between the music scenes of that particular year. Sorry but fiction was calling my name and I could not find any motivation to pick it back up.”Erin-Doe wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you grew up in the NYC area during the 1970's and enjoyed the music scene then this book is for you. Otherwise, you may not have a full appreciation of the stories.”Martin A. Rubin wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Call # 781.64 Her”P West wrote this review Tuesday, September 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hermes details all the weird, wonderful, and historic happenings in New York music from New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, an astoundingly rich period that witnessed the birth and flowering of punk, hip-hop/turntable culture, and disco, and interesting developments in salsa, jazz, and experimental/orchestral music.
Part memoir (Hermes grew up on Long Island during this period), the book unfolds like a series of chronological blog posts. At first that's a little disconcerting (where is all this going?), but it gains momentum as we see the disparate threads of the different scenes attain some narrative drive. It bugs me a little that the book is thesisless, other than perhaps "look at all this cool shit that happened in the same place at the same time! That's pretty historic, yo." On the other hand, I'm not sure that forcing in an ill-fitting thesis would have served the material.
I have often thought that if I could go back in time, New York during this period would be at the top of my destination list, primarily for the early CBGB's scene. Reading about details like a 16-year-old Thurston Moore attending a Television gig, or Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa inventing scratching on a Bronx playground, their sound systems plugged into the base of a streetlamp, only make me hungrier for the experience. However, prior to reading this book, I hadn't realized how much else was also happening, so it's an even richer period than I thought. On the other hand, Hermes makes clear what a filthy, dangerous place NYC was during those years--it seemed to be almost expected that you'd get mugged at some point, and be happy if you got out of it without getting hurt as well. I think I'd still go. Just gimme that time machine.”