As I patiently await some word back on Post, I figured I'd pass along some information about some forthcoming books covering some of the same topics and bands. In hopes this doesn't read like a sticker on a Victory CD ("If you like X, Y and Z, you'll love Q!"), let me just say these are books worth looking out for if Post's subject matter interests you.
Norman Brannon (ne, Arenas) is probably best known as the guitarist for Texas is the Reason. Well, the guy has been writing for a long time and did a zine called Anti-Matter back in Nineties. Covering bands like Quicksand, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Sick of It All, Anti-Matter was an influential voice in the zine world and the writing still holds up. Revelation will be releasing The Anti-Matter Anthology in November of this year and it looks really great. Aaron wrote the book's forward, so that in itself is a main reason for me to read it.
Fellow former Punk Planet writer Brian Peterson has spent the last four years working on his forthcoming collection, Burning Fight: The Nineties Hardcore Revolution in Ethics, Politics, Spirit and Sound. Compiled from interviews with 150 people (including Karl from Earth Crisis, Norm Brannon and Walter Schreifels) topics such as straight edge, animal rights, and spirituality are discussed. This is something that really dives into the topics I briefly touch on in Post. Well worth checking out when it hopefully comes out next year.
What I find very promising about the mere existence of these books is that I'm not a loner here. I've often wondered if anyone else was willing to take the time and cover this time period in music. So my hopes have not been dashed and my thunder has not been taken away. Far from it. As I've said all along, the more different perspectives on a similar thing, the better. So, here's to the better.