Michael Purington discusses his experiences as a musician with the Lost Highway Band in the 1970s and 1980s. He describes the exhilarating, yet exhausting, nature of touring with the band, and tells a story about playing at a bar with Bruce Springsteen. Purington also talks about the Missoula music scene and the sense of community that existed during this era, specifically what it was like to both perform and serve as a booking agent at the Top Hat. He frankly discusses his battle with alcoholism and details his recovery. Purington talks about writing songs about his recovery and cutting several albums which have been well-received by individuals also struggling with substance abuse and addiction.
Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Rock music—Montana; Country music—Montana; Country-rock music; Bars (drinking establishments); Music festivals—Montana—History; Music festivals; Concerts; Musical establishments; Music culture; Lost Highway Band; Drinking; Drinking of alcoholic beverages; Alcoholism—Prevention; Alcoholism—Treatment; Music—Economic aspects; Sound recordings; Compact discs Personal Names: Purington, Michael; Springsteen, Bruce Corporate Names: The Top Hat Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.) Occupations: Musicians—Montana
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 (01:09:37): digital + 1 transcript (18 pp.: 28 cm.)
Purington, Michael, "Michael Purington Interview, October 17, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 12.