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.
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
Twentieth century; Twenty-first century
Montana; Seattle; London
Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473
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Badgley, Lya, "Lya Badgley Interview, October 17, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 13.