Missoula Music History Oral History Project

Shawn Swagerty Interview, October 13, 2019


Shawn Swagerty


Sylvia Arvizu



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

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Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 473-016

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:49:06): digital + 1 transcript (29 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:49:06 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_016.mp3; OH_473_016.pdf

Shawn Swagerty Interview, October 13, 2019