In early May the Metro hosted a top-notch weekend of hardcore to help promote the recent book Burning Fight: The Nineties Hardcore Revolution in Ethics, Politics, Spirit, and Sound (Revelation Books), which local author and high school teacher Brian Peterson spent six years researching and writing. Each of the two shows was chock-full of past and present hardcore mainstays (Unbroken, Converge, Bane, Reach the Sky, Disembodied, Trial, 108, et cetera) and sold out in what seemed like eight minutes. My roommate and I put up three Aussies who’d flown in specifically for the event (another installment took place in Pomona, California, shortly after the Chicago dates).

On Thursday at 12:15 PM in the Chicago Authors Room of the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State), Peterson will give a free reading from Burning Fight. It’s currently out of stock at Amazon–I hope because hardcore fans are passionately seeking it out, not because his publisher has dropped the ball–so this is a good opportunity for you to pick up a copy from the man himself.