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.
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
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 (00:42.57): digital + 1 transcript (14 pp.: 28 cm.)
Beaton, Charlie, "Charlie Beaton Interview, October 17, 2019" (2019). Missoula Music History Oral History Project. 4.