PAST IS PROLOGUE

Street Noise: Unearthing Sonic Youth

Forty years ago, New York Rocker sent me to review a new, unknown downtown band.

Mark Coleman
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readOct 13, 2021

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Sonic Youth backstage in the 1980s. Photo via Getty Images.

About two days after I’d moved to the Meat Packing District in fall 1981, from my first NYC apartment in Greenwich Village, the urge to write about music resurfaced. Though I’d maintained a sporadic journal since…

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Mark Coleman
Human Parts

Author of Playback, music geek, art museum nerd, compulsive reader, cook/bottle-washer. Still in NYC.