Heads-up: The 'Orbit' anthology is out now

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Attention fans of Detroit alternative publishing: The Orbit Magazine Anthology, a look back at the irreverent local rag from the '90s, is now officially out on Wayne State University Press.

The (Kid Rock-funded) 272-page book dives into the weird world of punk rocker-turned-publisher Jerry Vile's magazine — with full-color reproductions of pages; early press of almost-famous acts like Kid Rock, Jack White, and ICP; the story behind the Quentin Tarantino connection; and yes, juicy details about feuds with rival Metro Times. That's the Glenn Barr-designed cover artwork above.

In anticipation of the book, last month we handed an issue of Metro Times over to Vile and other former Orbit staffers to see what they would come up with — revisit the issue here.

Author Rob St. Mary will be promoting the book with a series of area signings. See the schedule below:

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 
Book Beat - 26010 Greenfield, Oak Park

Friday, September 11, 2015 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Inner State Gallery - 1410 Gratiot Ave,. Detroit

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 
Green Brain Comics - 13936 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 1 p.m-3 p.m. 
Paperback Writer Books - 61 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Film Screening Who Am I This Time? (starring Jerry Vile) and Book Signing
Cinema Detroit (Inside the old Burton School) - 3420 Cass Ave., Detroit

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 
Detroit Comics - 23333 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 
Punk Roundtable with Steve Miller (author of Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock N Roll in America's Loudest City) and Tesco Vee of the Meatmen (author of Touch & Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine)
Schuler Books & Music - 2820 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 
Schuler Books & Music - 2660 28th Street, SE Grand Rapids

Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2015 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Pages Bookshop - 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit

Details on a book release party in November are coming soon.

About The Author

Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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