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Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Each generation is defined by the popular music that it listens to, and during the 1960s and 1970s the hard-edged sound and message of America’s psychedelic rock and roll -- Purple Haze, Somebody to Love, and Black is Black -- was shaped by the unrest of the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War and its unrelenting demand for equal civil rights for all citizens. Michael Herr wrote in his 1977 publication, Dispatches, that this music was as “precious as water” for the children of the baby-boomer generation as they grappled with a nation’s changing societal values. As America’s next generation continued to respond to the country’s evolving cultural and political landscape, new performance genres began to aggressively fuse rock and electronic music into such creative expressions as Industrial, Goth, and Punk music. This exhibit will document the vibrant local music scene of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois between 1980 and 2000, and provide stories and photographs by Della Perrone of such musicians and groups as Adrian Belew and The Bears, John Kellogg and Combo Audio, Elvis Brothers, Smoke House, Vertebrats, and Jason & the Scorchers who performed in Champaign and Urbana at this time. In addition this exhibit will also highlight the influence of local venues such as Mabel’s Bar and Chicos, and Hammerhead Records and Record Service on this vital music scene.