Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology

Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology

Anne Trubek

Language: English

Pages: 218

ISBN: 0985944102

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Rust Belt Chic is churches and work plants hugging the same block. It is ethnic as hell. It is Cleveland punk. It is getting vintage t-shirts and vinyl for a buck that are being sold to Brooklynites for the cost of a Manhattan meal. It is babushka and snakeskin boots. It is wear: old wood and steel and vacany. It is contradiction, conflict, and standing resiliency. But most centrally, Rust Belt Chic is about home, or that perpetual inner fire longing to comfortable in one's own skin and community. This longing is less about regressing to the past than it is finding a future through history.

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region. I asked the young man with the spiked hair why he was going to a smaller city in the middle of Texas—a place with a small airport and no professional sports teams, without a major symphony, ballet, opera, or art museum comparable to Pittsburgh’s. The company is excellent, he told me. There are also terrific people and the work is challenging. But the clincher, he said, is that, "It’s in Austin!" There are lots of young people, he went on to explain, and a tremendous amount to do: a

in Cleveland is pushing through the clouds. Jackson, the dog is barking. There is no one on the beach—really, there is no beach, anyway—but the cymbals ripple through the waves and the Miller Lite empties are carefully stacked to make sure they don’t fall into the lake, outside the cove. Yes, Hardcore Chris Wise “Things will be different then; the sun will rise from here.” —The Dead Boys When I was a teenager, my friends and I would drive up to Cleveland at night for punk shows at

Cleveland, and in rock journalism history. Her statue will remain permanently in the lower lobby of the Rock Hall, and Scott’s family has generously donated an extensive collection of materials (including about 4,000 LPs, autographs from all four Beatles, historical photographs, and more than 300 of her writing-filled notebooks) from her estate to the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives at Cuyahoga Community College. “She never threw anything away,” says Scott’s niece, Linda Cook, with a laugh.

exist in the world? Do we need to make any new ones? Unless, of course, they’re art.” I was overwhelmed looking at the racks, but Ann was not. She was in and out in thirty minutes, going up and down the rows fast. Everything, I mean each and every thing she put a hand on, had a good label—old Halle Brothers, Bonwit Teller, Nan Duskin in Philadelphia—or a designer—Missoni, YSL, old Ralph Lauren. “How the hell do you do that?” I asked. She explained it was all in the quality of the fabric and

influence on his soul. Jim studies the relationship between migration and economic development from an expat perch in Northern Virginia. Connie Schultz, a nationally syndicated columnist and essayist for PARADE magazine, has written about Cleveland for more than 30 years. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her columns in The Plain Dealer. In 2003, she won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and was a Pulitzer finalist for her series “The Burden of Innocence,” which chronicled the

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