Shawn Swagerty discusses growing up in Havre and moving to Missoula to go the University of Montana. He discusses getting into punk and new wave music, and his involvement in the band Ernst Ernst. He discusses early punk/new bands and venues in Missoula in the early 1980s and key individuals including Lya Badgley, Randy Pepprock and Steve Albini. He also discusses his work as the Fine Arts Editor of Kaimin in the early 1980s. Swagerty tells stories about attending the Battle of Bands as wells as the pranks in which he was involved as a student at the University of Montana.
Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Punk rock music; Punk rock music—Montana; New wave music; Rock music—Montana; Counterculture—United States; Posters; Art; Bars (drinking establishments); Concerts; Musical establishments; Battle of the Bands; Subculture; Do it yourself; Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism; Sound recordings; Ernst Ernst; Central business districts—Montana—Missoula
Personal Names: Swagerty, Shawn; Badgley, Lya; Pepprock, Randy; Albini, Steve
Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula
Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Havre (Mont.)
Occupations: Musicians—Montana; Writers--Montana
Titles within the Collection: Montana Kaimin
Twentieth century; Twenty-first century
Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 MP3 file (00:49:06): digital + 1 transcript (29 pp.: 28 cm.)
Swagerty, Shawn, "Shawn Swagerty Interview, October 13, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 10.