Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music

Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music

by Matt Walker


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Known for The Fest, Less Than Jake and Hot Water Music, Gainesville became a creative hub in the 1980s and '90s for many of punk rock's greats.

Whether playing at the Hardback or wild house parties, earnest acts like Against Me!, Spoke and Roach Motel all emerged and thrived in the small northern Florida city. Radon burst onto the scene with chaotic energy while Mutley Chix helped inspire local torchbearers No Idea Records. Through this succinct history, author Matt Walker traces each successive generation's contributions and amplifies the fidelity of the Gainesville scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626197671
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Series: Landmarks
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,250,920
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Matt Walker works as a communication specialist at the University of Florida. He has been writing about music and playing the guitar for over fifteen years. Matt was the founder and editor of Lead Us Down, a website dedicated to covering local punk and indie music in Gainesville, from 2011 to 2014. He served as music editor and then editor of Satellite Magazine, a Gainesville monthly paper dedicated to arts, culture and music in the region. Matt earned his BA in English literature from Valdosta State University and his master's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword Patrick Hughes 9

Preface 11

Acknowledgements 13

Part I Just Hanging Out, 1981-1988

1 Roach Motel and Gainesville Punk's First Wave 17

2 Gainesville Punk's New Torchbearers 30

3 A New 'Zine in Town 35

4 Psychic Violents Explore 38

5 Doldrums Explode 44

6 No Idea's First Record 50

Part II The Lifting, 1989-1999

7 Gainesville Punk Finds a Home 57

8 Spoke and Radon Usher in a New Era 61

9 Less Than Jake Grows, Spoke and Radon Call It a Day 73

10 Gainesville Punk Evolves 78

11 The Sound Engineer 84

12 Finding the Rhythms 86

13 Less Than Jake Goes National 93

14 Gainesville Punk Diversifies and Innovates 95

15 Breaking Up, Regrouping 104

16 Gainesville Punk Thrives 108

17 The End of an Era 115

Part III Reinventing, 2000-2006

18 Gainesville Punk Disperses 121

19 Against Me! Operates Outside the System 127

20 Gainesville Punk for the New Millennium 134

21 Against Me! Rises to National Stage 138

22 The Venues Shuffle Once More 141

23 The Pest Ushers in Another New Era for Gainesville Punk 143

Afterword 147

Bibliography 149

Index 155

About the Author 159

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