Missoula Music History Oral History Project

Charlie Beaton Interview, October 17, 2019


Charlie Beaton


Leif Fredrickson



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Charlie Beaton discusses his introduction to punk music while growing up in Helena, Montana. He describes the formation of his band, The Banned, which eventually relocated to Missoula. Beaton discusses Missoula’s punk scene in the 1990s, the difficulty of finding venues, and the struggles and rewards of putting on DIY shows. Beaton discusses a number of venues at which punk bands played, including the Moose Lodge, Trendz, and the Union Club. He reflects on how the popular Jay’s Upstairs venue in Missoula changed the punk scene. He talks about getting a business degree, the way that his experience with DIY punk prepared him for owning his own business, Big Dipper Ice Cream.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Punk rock music; Punk rock music—Montana; Bars (drinking establishments); Music festivals—Montana—History; Music festivals; Concerts; Musical establishments; Battle of the Bands; Subculture; Do it yourself; The Banned; Ice cream; Small business—Montana—Missoula; Entrepreneurship—Montana

Personal Names: Beaton, Charlie; Flynn, Pat; Dent, Robin

Corporate Names: Jay’s Upstairs; Moose Lodge; Big Dipper Ice Cream

Geographical Names: Helena (Mont.); Missoula (Mont.)

Occupations: Musicians—Montana; Businesspersons—Montana—Missoula

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 473-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:42.57): digital + 1 transcript (14 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:42.57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_006.mp3; OH_473_006.pdf

Charlie Beaton Interview, October 17, 2019