A new website, Xerox for Brunswick, is dedicated to the New Brunswick/Court Tavern/Rutgers music scene of the 1980s. It’s the work of David Crozier, a fellow alumnus of the Rutgers Daily Targum. Lots of flyers, info, etc. and long overdue.
You know, as much as I’ve been a raconteur of all things 1980s NJ lately, it distorts my actual role in that scene. I had a radio show, wrote for the paper and occasionally published a fanzine, but none of these things necessarily placed me in high esteem. It seemed like I’d unintentionally piss off one group of people or another at any given time, and I very nearly got beaten up once over a bad review. Throughout college, I had a rare combination of unpleasant personality traits that made me come off, I see now with awful clarity, as annoying and unrelenting. So while I was certainly a participant in the New Brunswick music scene, I wasn’t anywhere close to a mover and a shaker. I’m just someone who saved all my flyers and stayed just sober enough to remember everything.
By the way, hidden within this site is one of my very earliest published works – a fanzine-review column from sometime in 1986.