For those who think the 1990s were defined by “Pokemon” and “The Macarena,” you may want to pick up the new book “Burning Fight.” Written by local high-school teacher Brian Peterson, the book is a comprehensive documentation of the last decade’s hardcore scene in America. “I started talking to people about six years ago,” Peterson says. “The nineties scene hadn’t really been documented in this way.” “Burning Fight” reveals a more expansive view of the hardcore scene, which goes beyond the aggressive music and exposes a tight-knit, unique community. Part of Peterson’s chronicle concerns the DIY movement, which was popular within the scene, leading to fanzines, independent record labels and pirate radio stations. “It was inspiring to see these people creating things and doing things on their own,” Peterson says. “They felt the need to express themselves and they did.” (Josh Kraus)
July 2 at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State, (312)747-4300, at 12:15pm. Free.