Authors keep memories of the great Trenton nightclub City Gardens alive

The rather non-exotic exterior of the Trenton nightclub, City Gardens.

The rather non-exotic exterior of the Trenton nightclub, City Gardens, and important New Jersey rock venue in the ’80s and early ’90s.

It was grungy before grungy was fashionable.

City Garden was a no-frills, no-nonsense, decidedly non-glamorous Trenton nightclub of the ’80s and early ’90s. Decorations were few, and fights were frequent. Over the years, the clubs hosted countless alt-rock and punk-rock shows — bands such asNirvana, the Ramones, Green Day, Yo La Tengo, R.E.M., Black Flag and Jane’s Addiction all made stops there, in many cases before they began to attract mainstream attention —and Jon Stewart has often talked about his days as a City Gardens bartender.

The cover of the book, "No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: The Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens."

The cover of the book, “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: The Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens.”

Defunct nightclubs tend to be forgotten, butAmy Yates Wuelfing and Steve DiLodovico are trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. Co-authors of a book, “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens,” they will talk about the club, and their book, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at theMorristown & Morris Township Library.

City Gardens promoter Randy Nowwill also be there, as willRon Gregorio,who provided photos of bands such as the Minutemen, Hüsker Dü and Black Flag for thebook.

City Gardens is also the subject of a documentary, “Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens,” that will be shown atthe Anthology Film Archives,32 Second Ave, New York, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and oct. 11 at 5 p.m., as part of the CBGB Music &Film Festival.

Director Steve Tozzi will be at both screenings;Randy Now will be thereOct. 11 only.

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