While all collections are intrinsically autobiographical, since I’m not a true “collector” (i.e. I’ve never purchased or traded these things; this is more an illustration of packrattery) it’s probably extra easy to trace my life & interests through these galleries. They start out in Kansas (most of the early non-Lawrence/ KC ones were sent to me either by people ordering copies of my zine or by a few pals of mine who had run away to CA), and as I move around in life the bands & venues change accordingly: Kansas, Ohio, Washington DC, Kansas again, Arizona. After 1994 most of the flyers start to center around the various bands I was playing in (The Weird Lovemakers, Rocket #9, The Gobs, The Knockout Pills), and offer a much more limited range of subject matter as a result.
A few notes/ plans:
• I’m slowly adding metadata, tags, stories, links to sound files (for the shows I taped), as well as scans of related interviews I did with some of these bands for my ‘zine back in the early/ mid 80’s (Iron Cross, The Dicks, Black Flag, The Freeze, Husker Du, Dead Kennedys, Adrenalin O.D., etc etc). Much of this is being done over at my Oxide Flake site here.
• For now there are some ticket stubs, set lists & other junk mixed in, but that may change as I enlarge/ refine the scope of it all. I edited very little from my archive (only for repetition really), figuring the extra things here & there could only help add context.
• Many of the early flyers might look familiar to more observant folks as I loaned several to Mike Blur back around ’98 for his cool online flyer archive.