Reviews for "The Orbit Magazine Anthology" 


"Impressively informed and informative, "The Orbit Magazine Anthology: Re-Entry" is an inherently fascinating and utterly absorbing read from beginning to end, it will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections." - Midwest Book Review 

"Another breakthrough book from the Wayne State University Press, the anthology reproduces Detroit-based alternative publications stretching from the 1970s through the 1990s. Open any page, and it's likely you will be insulted and shocked - while still laughing your butt off." - Bill Castanier, Lansing City Pulse

"Rob St. Mary has done a stellar job here of detailing the sordid history of Orbit, from the White Noise beginnings, through Fun. Both of those proved that (Jerry) Vile wasn’t going to let something as simple as a lack of funding stop him putting out a quality mag." - Yellow Scene Magazine​ 

"Just flipped through @RobDet's (Rob St. Mary's) new @OrbitBook and it's utterly fantastic. Makes me wish I was in Detroit in the '90s." - Bill Shea, Crain's Detroit Business  

Advance Praise:

"In Detroit in the nineties, you either read the alternative weekly or you read the alternative alternative weekly, which was Orbit. What George Clinton was to Motown, what the Stooges were to the Rolling Stones, Orbit was to that Other Magazine. I love this anthology! Which also doubles as a fascinating secret history of Motor City punk." - Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City Is the Place To Be 

"When Detroit's leaders get around to carving the Motor City’s Mt. Rushmore, Jerry Vile should occupy Washington’s spot. The Orbit Magazine Anthology is a compendium of Vile’s two-decade publishing legacy, from the paste-up White Noise music fanzine through the fully developed, hilariously ridiculous Orbit. Vile’s work was disruptive yet sincere in a city that needed such elements in the latter part of the twentieth century. Vile both feted and lampooned locals who deserved it and did it with a disarming, half-ass style that made you unaware of the genius in his journalistic terrorism."Steve Miller, author of Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock n’ Roll in America's Loudest City
"Rob St. Mary's carefully researched look at Orbit and its roots in the Detroit punk scene takes you on a wild ride through the rude, riotous underbelly of local journalism in the 1980s and ’90s."
Susan Whitall, former Creem editor, Detroit News feature writer, and author of Fever: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul: The Authorized Biography
"Rob St. Mary knows how to have a good time—plunge into the high life of fun-seekers, artists, ne’er-do-wells, and cult favorites, with a journalist's precision and a bright pinch of eastside Detroit salt. Let him take you into Orbit!"Kathe Koja, author of The Bastards’ Paradise, The Mercury Waltz, Under the Poppy, and several others

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