Over the past four decades, punk rock has split off into dozens of subgenres, including funk-punk, peace punk, hardcore, cowpunk, ska-punk, garage punk and pop-punk, as well as positive punk and its evil-twin opposite, death punk. Former New Bomb Turks howler Eric Davidson is fascinated by "gunk punk," a term he uses in his new book, We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001, (Backbeat Books), to describe "a fringe on the fringe, an exponentially growing gaggle of low-rent rockers who, owing to their innate retrograde preferences, were never fashioned into a marketable movement by a Spin article." For Davidson, this under-documented scene ranged from such relatively mainstream '90s bands as the White Stripes, the Hives, the Donnas and the Black Lips to more stubbornly underground performers like the Cheater Slicks, the Mummies, Dead Moon, the Oblivians and the Gories. Davidson infuses the book (which is accompanied by a 20-song CD sampler) with a colorfully passionate style and his own tragicomic experiences as the leader of an influential if underpaid Midwestern punk band so that it never comes off as a dry history lesson. Accompanied by DJ Gabriel Hart (Jail Weddings), Davidson reads from We Never Learn at Stories.
Wed., July 7, 6 p.m., 2010