Virtual Event: Forbidden Beat: A Virtual Panel Discussion with Pete Finestone, Curt Weiss, and S. W. Lauden 

Join a panel discussion about the thrashing, crashing hearts of punk bands: the drummers 

Third Place Books welcomes editor S. W. Lauden and musicians Pete Finestone—best known as the drummer for Bad Religion from 1982 to 1992—and Curt Weiss—drummer for drummed for Beat Rodeo, Elliott Murphy, and The Rockats—for a discussion of Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming, a collection of essays, interviews, and more.

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About Forbidden Beat. . .

Whether they're self-taught bashers or technical wizards, drummers are the thrashing, crashing heart of our favorite punk bands. In Forbidden Beat, some of today's most respected writers and musicians explore the history of punk percussion with personal essays, interviews and lists featuring their favorite players and biggest influences. From 60s garage rock and proto-punk to 70s New York and London, 80s hardcore and D-beat to 90s pop punk and beyond, Forbidden Beat is an uptempo ode to six decades of punk rock drumming.

Featuring Tré Cool, Ira Elliot, Curt Weiss, John Robb, Hudley Flipside, Bon Von Wheelie, Joey Shithead, Matt Diehl, D.H. Peligro, Mike Watt, Lynn Perko-Truell, Pete Finestone, Laura Bethita Neptuna, Jan Radder, Jim Ruland, Eric Beetner, Jon Wurster, Lori Barbero, Joey Cape, Marko DeSantis, Mindy Abovitz, Steven McDonald, Kye Smith, Ian Winwood, Phanie Diaz, Benny Horowitz, Shari Page, Urian Hackney, and Rat Scabies.


Praise for Forbidden Beat. . .

Niche you say? We like Niche. In the weeds. Talking shop. This is a deep dive into an overlooked sport. A history lesson on the evolution of punk drumming from the source. From Rat Scabies to Discharge to Lori Barbero, most of my heroes are now trapped together between these covers."
Brendan Canty, Fugazi and The Messthetics

S. W. Lauden is the coeditor of Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop and the sequel, Go Further. His Greg Salem punk rock PI series includes Bad Citizen Corporation, Grizzly Season, and Hang Time. Steve’s a father, husband, writer, and drummer living in Los Angeles. 

Pete Finestone played drums for seminal LA punk band Bad Religion from 1982 to 1992. He played on fan favorites Suffer, No Control, and Against The Grain, three classics later memorialized as the “Holy Trinity.” His playing helped define punk drumming for the next decade and inspired drummers from Pennywise to Blink-182.

Curt Weiss is the author of Stranded In The Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride. Using the stage name Lewis King, he drummed for Beat Rodeo, Elliott Murphy, and The Rockats. He has spent close to thirty years working in TV production, helping manage several PBS documentaries including The ACLU: A History and Vaudeville for American Masters.

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