Missoula Music History Oral History Project



Andrew Cohen


Samuel Aldeen



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Andy Cohen, the guitarist for the band Silkworm, describes his early interest in music and playing in bands, which led to the formation of Silkworm in 1987 in Missoula, Montana. He discusses the extent to which Silkworm was independent from the pressures of popular indie rock trends, producers, and major label companies. Cohen also reflects on the punk rock-indie rock scene of the 1980s in Missoula and explores the influence of the town’s culture and geography on Silkworm’s career.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Alternative rock music; Punk rock music; Punk rock music—Montana; Rock music—Montana; Counterculture—United States; Music festivals—Montana—History; Music festivals; Concerts; Musical establishments; Bars (drinking establishments); Drinking; Drinking of alcoholic beverages; Silkworm; Ein Heit; Subculture; Do it yourself; Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism; Sound recordings; Compact discs

Personal Names: Cohen, Andrew; Albini, Steve

Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.)

Occupations: Musicians--Montana.

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

In Copyright

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 473-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:51:32): digital + 1 transcript (14 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:51:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_002.mp3; OH_473_002.pdf