Steve Nodine is a web developer and author of The Cease Is Increase: An Oral History of the Milwaukee Punk & Alternative Music Scene, interviews from which provide the foundation for this book. Steve has written for the Shepherd Express, OnMilwaukee.com, Loose magazine and Fall from Grace, in addition to several blog sites. Steve was the lead singer for the Milwaukee-based bands Dark Façade and Between Walls, and has recorded with the renowned Milwaukee noise band Boy Dirt Car. His most recent musical project is as singer and songwriter for the Milwaukee band Newly Damaged and current collaboration with musician Kelp Chofs.
Eric Beaumont is a musician, DJ, paralegal and writer living in Milwaukee. He has served as a teacher, mentor supervisor, graphic designer and librarian. His literary criticism has appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, African American Review, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Shepherd Express. As Eric Blowtorch he has written, performed, and arranged five albums, seven singles and numerous songs on compilations and soundtracks. As a solo singer/guitarist and bandleader he has performed across America and in London, Toronto and Kingston, where he performed with the Alpha Boys Band. Beaumont has lectured on Jamaican music and history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative World History. His published interviews include those with George McGovern, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, KRS-ONE, Wayne Kramer, De La Soul, Manic Street Preachers and filmmaker Karyn Kusama.
Clancy Carroll is a musician, record label owner and music writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His past bands including Ozone, the Ones, the Dominoes, the Clancy Carroll Band, 3 On Fire, c2, and AlNiCo have released numerous 45s, EPs, CDs, and compilation tracks. As King and CEO of Splunge Communications, Inc., he has released records by the likes of the Prosecutors, Triple Forbidden Taboo, Wanda Chrome and the Leather Pharaohs and Fuckface, as well as the double-CD compilation History in 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982. Carroll has written record reviews, reviewed live shows and conducted interviews for Autonomy, Milwaukee’s first punk fanzine; Express; and Milk magazine, in which “Clancy’s Kookie Corner” was a reader’s favorite.
David Luhrssen lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He is author of Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen and Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism. He is coauthor of War on the Silver Screen; Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel; Changing Times: The Life of Barack Obama; A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890 and Searching for Rock and Roll. He has contributed to Women and War and The International Discography of the New Wave, and has been published in Historically Speaking, History Today, Journal of American History, Wisconsin Academy Review and other journals. Luhrssen is Arts & Entertainment Editor and Film Critic of Milwaukee’s weekly ShepherdExpress. He has written for Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, the Milwaukee Journal, Op, New York Rocker, Trouser Press and other publications. He is a commentator on film for WUWM-FM, Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate, and is co-founder of the Milwaukee International Film Festival.