Missoula Music History Oral History Project

Lya Badgley Interview, October 17, 2019


Lya Badgley


Leif Fredrickson



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Lya Badgley describes her early life, exposure to punk rock in London, and her short-lived but influential shop, Urbane Renewal, that operated in downtown Missoula in the early 1980s. Urbane Renewal was a small shop that promoted punk and new wave music, as well as art and fashion. The shop would host fashion shows as an opening act for local Missoula bands, whose members went on to form Pearl Jam and Silkworm. Badgley also initiated a New Wave fashion show. Badgley discusses the relationship between art, politics, and punk. She discusses the role of gender and sexuality in the punk scene. She discusses her move to Seattle, along with many other members of Missoula’s punk scene, and the effect of Missoula’s diaspora on Seattle’s scene.


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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; Subculture; Do it yourself; Punk culture; Fashion; Fashion shows; Small business—Montana—Missoula; Entrepreneurship—Montana; Central business districts—Montana—Missoula; Pearl Jam; Silkworm; Feminism and music; Sexism in music; Women rock musicians Personal Names: Badgley, Lya Corporate Names: Urbane Renewal; Hellgate High School Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Seattle (Wash.) Occupations: Musicians—Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Seattle; London



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 473-010

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:08:15): digital + 1 transcript (17 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:08:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_010.mp3; OH_473_010.pdf

Lya Badgley Interview, October 17, 2019