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.
Inside John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Boundary-Smashing ‘Two Virgins’
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Two Virgins' was initially met with confusion or dismissed as self indulgent. But it ended up having an impact.
The Story of the Grateful Dead’s Uncharacteristic ‘From the Mars Hotel’
The Grateful Dead released their seventh studio album on June 27, 1974.
The History of ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’
On the anniversary of the concert which inspired it, we spoke with one of the directors of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot.'
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.
Revisiting Mick Jagger’s ‘State of Shock’ Collaboration With Michael Jackson
'State of Shock' would become the Stones frontman's highest-ever charting solo song.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Betty’s S.F. Blends Volume One’ – Album Review
When word got out that the Black Crowes would be reuniting in 2013, fans were unsurprisingly excited by the news. But that meant that singer Chris Robinson would have to put his solo project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, on hold. At least temporarily.
John Lennon Vs. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One
When John Lennon launched his solo career in the early '70s, he consciously created music that was simple, candid and free of the psychedelic frills he had explored with in the Beatles.
The Faces Vs. Paul McCartney – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One
The Faces were the ultimate good-time British rock band of the '70s. Paul McCartney made some of the best hook-stuffed music played on the radio during the era. Both need your votes to get into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
Eric Clapton Vs. Hawkwind – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One
In one of our more bizarre pairings in the November 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame election, we find two highly influential entities from the glory days of British Rock that are from totally opposite sides of the fence: Eric Clapton and Hawkwind.