Missoula Music History Oral History Project



Zachary Dundas


Sari Chabot



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Zach Dundas discusses writing for the Hellgate High School student newspaper, The Lance, and the counterculture, alternative newspaper, the Missoula Independent. He describes his interest in the punk, new wave and underground music scene in Missoula, Montana during 1990s, and how many of his articles focused on that topic. Dundas talks about getting hired to work at the Missoula Independent, which he describes as more like a zine at that time than an actual newspaper. He recalls that the Independent writers were allowed to focus on topics of interest to them, rather than being assigned specific topics. Dundas discusses the zine Mumblage with his friend Dan Engler. He notes the influence of punk and subculture music scene on zines and the DIY nature of small press publications. Dundas talks about how zine culture began to ebb with the evolution of the internet. He also mentions the role of the internet on the music scene, noting that bands can put their music online to gain recognition rather than having to play numerous shows with little or no audience.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Zines; Zines—publishing; Zines—authorship; Subculture; Do it yourself; Punk rock music; Punk rock music—Montana; New wave music; Rock music—Montana; Counterculture—United States; Sound recordings; Compact discs; Internet; World Wide Web; Bulletin board systems; Nation of Ulysses; Punk culture; Missoula (Mont.) – Newspapers; Missoula (Mont.) -- Social life and customs

Personal Names: Dundas, Zachary; Engler, Dan; Johnson, Eric; Cushman, Erik; Lyman, Charley; Oko, Dan; Smith, Jeff; Peacock, Andrea

Corporate Names: Missoula Independent; Trendz; Rockin’ Rudy’s; Connie’s Lounge; Jay’s Upstairs

Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Portland (Ore.)

Occupations: Writers—Montana; Journalists—Montana; Musicians--Montana

Titles within the Collection: Missoula Independent; Hellgate Lance; Mumblage; Cometbus; Maximumrocknroll

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 473-017

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:10:13): digital + 1 transcript (18 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:10:13 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_017.mp3; OH_473_017.pdf