Missoula Music History Oral History Project

Randy Pepprock Interview, October 17, 2019


Randy Pepprock


Sophia Etier



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Randy Pepprock from the Missoula band Who Killed Society, which was active from 1980-1982, discusses getting into punk music as a teen. He describes the 1980s punk scene in Missoula, and he talks about the various bands and musicians who were active during that time including Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and Steve Albini. Pepprock discusses moving to Seattle, starting the band Circle Seven, and the evolution of the Seattle’s music scene when grunge became popular in the 1990s. He talks about moving to California and playing in other bands, including one with Duff McKagan of Guns n’ Roses. Pepprock talks about moving back to Missoula, and his involvement in the music scene, such as attending concerts with his daughters to concerts. He also mentions some of the rock musicians he found influential such as Alice Cooper.


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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; Heavy metal (Music); Counterculture—United States; Posters; Art; 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; Circle Seven; Who Killed Society

Personal Names: Pepprock, Randy; Ament, Jeff; Albini, Steve; Cooper, Alice (1948- ); McKagan, Duff

Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula; The Top Hat

Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Seattle (Wash.); Los Angeles (Calif.)

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

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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 473-013

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:05:44): digital + 1 transcript (22 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:05:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_013.mp3; OH_473_013.pdf

Randy Pepprock Interview, October 17, 2019