Missoula Music History Oral History Project

John Fleming Interview, November 2, 2019


John Fleming


Breanna McCabe



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John Fleming, owner of Ear Candy music, reflects on Missoula’s music scene from the 1990s to the present. He lists the names of the various bands in which he’s played, including the Oblio Joes. Fleming describes other well-known Missoula bands and venues, including Jay’s Upstairs, which hosted the majority of indie, punk, metal, and alternative rock shows during the 1990s. He talks about how Jay’s influenced, and even shaped, Missoula’s music scene, bringing in local acts as well as national acts and requiring bands to submit a demo before agreeing to let them play. Fleming also discusses working at a record story before starting Ear Candy, and how the business has remained successful despite the changes in the music industry and recording media.


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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; Record stores -- United States – History; Record stores—Montana—Missoula; Sound recording industry -- United States – History; Record stores; Sound recording industry; Popular music -- Social aspects; Sound recordings -- Marketing – History; Music trade -- United States; Music -- Economic aspects; Small business—Montana—Missoula; Entrepreneurship—Montana The Jolly Ranchers; The Helltones; The Blackouts; The Everyday Sinners; The Hellgate Stranglers; Oblio Joes; Secret Powers; Protest Kids; Kennedy Band; The Quiet Ones; Bars (drinking establishments); Concerts; Musical establishments; Battle of the Bands; Subculture; Do it yourself; Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism; Sound recordings; Compact discs

Personal Names: Fleming, John; Knesek, John; Warling, Troy; Bell, Sasha

Corporate Names: Ear Candy Music; Jay’s Upstairs; Rockin’ Rudy’s

Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.)

Occupations: Musicians—Montana; Businesspersons—Montana—Missoula

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Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

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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 473-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:14:52): digital + 1 transcript (23 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:14:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_009.mp3; OH_473_009.pdf

John Fleming Interview, November 2, 2019