For those with a fantastic memory, you may remember Ball of Wax’s 2011 post on Ryan Bartek’s road book on European counterculture. After transcribing over 100 hours of interviews, Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol II) is ready for download.
Ryan Bartek (musician/journalist/author) has followed up his 2009 take on the seedy underbelly of America (The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)) with a 78-day jaunt on the continent. From the promo, the book “covers all forms of extreme metal, punk rock, industrial, experimental, rock & electronic and features appearances/interviews with members of Brutal Truth, Master, Agathocles, Wolfbrigade, Rotting Christ, Killing Joke, Funeral Winds, Nahemah, Enochian Crescent, Moonsorrow, LAIBACH, Defeated Sanity, First Blood, Hello Bastards, Abortion, Panthiest, Arkangel, HATE, Repulsione, Dehuman, General Surgery, Corpus Christii, Fides Inversa, Excavated, Primordial, Splitter, Pyramido, Black Breath, Ingurgitating Oblivion, El Schlong, Spacemen 3 & legendary Detroit writer/60’s radical Mr. John Sinclair + many more.”
Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol II) is available for download, for free, here. Ryan Bartek has also made all of his other works available for free, including The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One), from his website.
Ryan Bartek is an underground journalist/musician who has been published in zines such as Metal Maniacs, AMP, Hails & Horns, PIT Magazine, and others. He is the author of two books (The Big Shiny Prison and The Silent Burning) and currently plays guitar in grindpunk shredders Sasquatch Agnostic. He performs acoustic as Jack Cassady and also tours nationally as a spoken word artist. Download all of Bartek’s albums/books FREE here or contact him at RyanBartek@Hotmail.com.