Brick Through The Window - The oral history of Milwaukee punk, new wave, nosie music

An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984


"The history of our most vital music tends to be reduced to three cities - New York, London, and (maybe) L.A. - but the fact is that striking a blow against the hegemony and coloring (loudly) outside the lines was always more necessary and often more vibrant and colorful in the more overlooked burgs, including, of course, Milwaukee. In this book, Steven Nodine, Eric Beaumont, Clancy Carroll, and Dave Luhrssen do an admirable job indeed of charting the sounds, stories, and attitudes from one of America's greatest heartland cities."

-Jim DeRogatis, co-host, Sound Opinions, Chicago Public Radio

author, Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
- The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side, and other titles

"For the men and women who created the world of music in Milwaukee, the most American of cities, this book is not just an important historical document; it's critical. Their story is told, and told well. In interviews with the players and fantastic photos, the adventures (and misadventures) are chronicled with more gusto than the beer that made Milwaukee famous. I have always loved playing Milwaukee. I always felt like it was another Detroit, on a different lake. Tough, damaged, inspired, and utterly discounted by the cultural ‘in' places of the world. This tome captures exactly what I dig about regional scenes. They do for themselves"

-Wayne Kramer, singer/guitarist/activist; founding brother, the MC5

"As Brick Through the Window makes abundantly clear, the city has a rich indie-rock past that has never been properly recognized or much beyond Lake Michigan. In testimony from hundreds of the scenesters who contributed to Brick Through the Window, the stories of James Chance, the Haskels, Die Kreuzen, the Frogs, Plasticland, Couch Flambeau and dozens more are told in loving, zany and potent recollections that will immediately resonate with anyone who's ever spent real time in a shitty bar with a stage and a P.A."

-Ira Robbins, co-founder/editor, Trouser Press

Jim Higgins , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 11:01 a.m. CT Feb. 3, 2017 | Updated 12:35 p.m. CT Feb. 3, 2017

New book evokes prime years of Milwaukee punk rock

Blaine Schultz - Feb. 14, 2017 - Shephrd Express

'Brick Through the Window' Chronicles Milwaukee Punk Rock