When music journalist and WFMU deejay Jesse Jarnow decided to write a biography of Yo La Tengo, he realized that he needed to tell more than just the story of a rock ‘n roll band. So the book became Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo & The Rise Of Indie Rock, and included carefully researched details about the birth of Hoboken’s music scene in the early Eighties.
But Jarnow went even further, and started his book by writing about baseball and the role that Hoboken played in the birth of America’s national pastime.
...“The story of Maxwell’s just intrigued me so much,” Jarnow said. “About how and why that happened, and why it happened there as opposed to anywhere else. And part of it is the separation from the city. And then the baseball thing came up. McCarty’s would have been about where the end of 12th Street is now. So there’s this huge coincidence – or maybe it’s not a coincidence – how these two bars separated by over a hundred years played this huge role in changing not just a city, but American culture. There’s just so much to the story of Maxwell’s, and you do just naturally come to Yo La Tengo at the end of it. So working backwards, it really made me curious to dig deeper into the history of the bar and the coffee factory and Elysian Field, and how all those pieces fit together.”
“The more I researched, the baseball part of the story became a little bit of an obsession,” he continued. “I actually found the expired insurance maps from the 19th Century to try and figure out exactly where McCarty’s stood and where Elysian Field was. That map is hanging on my wall now, but I’ll be taking it down and bringing it with me to the museum so people can see it when I give my talk.”
Posted: December 07, 2012 at 01:05 PM | 26 comment(s)
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