Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Cassie J. Sneider Reads From Fine Fine Music with Dave Roche and Danny ‘Ratso’ Rathbun 7/23

Jul ’11
7:00 pm

FINE FINE MUSIC is a collection of stories about the other side of rock and roll and coming of age in the land that time forgot. Lake Ronkonkoma is stuck in 1981, an alcoholic blackout of unnatually tan people waxing their Camaros to Foreigner on cassette and knowing the words to every Billy Joel song whether you want to or not. From an internship making Seamonkey costumes, a childhood fear of My Buddy dolls, and a heartbreaking crush on Aerosmith, funny lady Cassie J. Sneider delivers her tales of growing up in a land of fist-pumping Snookies with the antagonistic wit of a record store clerk.

Cassie J. Sneider grew up in the murky depths of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, a town with a haunted lake, a trailer park, and a record store. She put 240,000 miles on a Toyota Echo doing readings all over the country. Cassie J. Sneider collects 8-tracks and new friends. You can catch her on the Sister Spit 2012 national tour. For more info:

Dave Roche is the zinester behind such titles as On Subbing and About My Disappearance. He is a Quimby’s favorite.

And now, one more name has been added! It’s Danny “Ratso” Rathbun, who writes about openly and honestly about failed relationships, drugs and depression, but always with a wink and a smile. He runs a number of tongue and cheek columns like, ‘Drunken Letters to Abstract Concepts’, ‘Copyrighted Material Used Without Permission’, and ‘Punk rock trading cards’, that have drawn comparisons to Mad Magazine. Ratso’s work has been printed in over twenty different newspapers around Virginia, including The Virginia Gazette, The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, and others.  He is a regular contributor to Grassroots magazine, and the Commonwealth Times.  He publishes the zine Don’t Tread on Me, regularly performs standup comedy and gives readings across the state of Virginia, and is currently on a nationwide tour, doing readings across the country. For more info:

Sat, July 23rd, 7pm

Heather Augustyn Reads From Ska: An Oral History 7/9

Jul ’11
7:00 pm

Ska: An Oral History, with a foreword by Cedella Marley, is the story of ska music, told through the words and narratives of those who invented it. In Jamaica, and later in England, this music defined the culture and social conditions of the people. Through the words of their songs, the uplifting rhythm of their vivacious tunes, and the character and skill of each musician, ska music was the foundation for musical forms and the musicians that evolved. Hearing first-hand the stories of these tumultuous times, these creative times, the story of ska music is finally told by those who were there.

Heather Augustyn spent over a decade interviewing ska artists and musicians and researching the music and culture of Jamaica and England. Included in her book are never-before heard words from such greats as The Skatalites’ Doreen Schaeffer, Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb, and Lester Sterling; Derrick Morgan and Patsy (Millicent Todd); Lyn Taitt; Laurel Aitken; Toots Hibbert; Millie Small; Alex Hughes (Judge Dread); The Specials’ Roddy Byers (Roddy Radiation); The Beat’s Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger; The Selecter’s Pauline Black; Lee “Kix” Thompson of Madness; Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners; Fishbone’s Dr. Madd Vibe (Angelo Moore); The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Dicky Barrett; Bucket of The Toasters; Tony Kanal of No Doubt; as well as many others.

Augustyn has been a correspondent for The Times of Northwest Indiana, the state’s second largest newspaper, since 2004. She is also contributing editor for Shore Magazine. She has written for a variety of national publications, such as The Village Voice, In These Times, The Humanist, and World Watch Magazine. She was the last person to interview legendary novelist Kurt Vonnegut before his death in 2007. She lives in Chesterton, Ind. with her husband, Ron, and their two boys.

For more info about Heather Augustyn see

Sat, July 9th, 7pm

Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen and Tara G. Warrior Discuss METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries 7/8

Jul ’11
7:00 pm

Quimby’s welcomes Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen and Tara G. Warrior as they discuss METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries.

For 25 years, Norway’s Slayer Mag published the gospel of extreme underground metal, combining eye-ripping graphics, brutally honest writing, and relentless offbeat humor. Part anthology, part memoir, and part visual archive, METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries (Bazillion Points Books, 2011) is a weighty 744-page tour through this underworld, and Quimby’s welcomes author Jon Kristiansen from Sarpsborg, Norway, for a discussion with the book’s editor, newly-minted Chicago resident Tara G. Warrior. Kristiansen’s life story has taken him from alienated outsider to central figure in Norwegian black metal to party beast to world-weary survivor. The pair will recount some of the hilarious and the tragic episodes contained in the book, and discuss a dedication to self-publishing spawned from the darkest excesses of metal.

Friday, July 8th, 7pm

Bazillion Points Books has posted a preview video of the upcoming “METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries” book. The one-minute clip can be viewed at this location:

Orderly Disorder: Zinester Librarians in Circulation Tour featuring the Fly Away Zine Mobile 7/6

Jul ’11
7:00 pm

If librarians in roving vehicles makes you think of bookmobiles parked on corners of dusty country roads, think again. Come listen to librarians read from their various zine projects when they roll into town as part of a nine-city zine-reading tour kicked off at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans and wrapping up at the Zine Librarian (un)Conference in Milwaukee. The Fly Away Zine Mobile, a traveling library focused on zines and other forms of DIY publishing, will be present to help spread the zine love!

Tour participants are Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian and Barnard Zine Collection); Jami Sailor (Your Secretary and Archiving the Underground); John Stevens (Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators and Blue Floral Gusset); Celia Perez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive and Atlas of Childhood); and Debbie Rasmussen, former publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Popular Culture, with her latest project the Fly Away Zine Mobile.

Wed, July 6th, 7pm

Click here for more info.