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Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, Illinois,…

by David Ensminger

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More like the English punk scene born of a boom to bust economy opposed to the majority of the American punks that felt a responsibility to fight back against Reagan, Capitalism and yuppie scum.

I think when most people think of Mid-Western punk, Hüsker Dü and any plethora of Chicago bands come to mind, but there was so much more. That's what this book showcases in a short 95 pages.

I feel their pain. Coming from Lancaster which is 1/1.5 hours from Philly, about the same from DC/Baltimore and about 3.5 hours from NYC...we're a small town with great bands and just kind of viewed as a small show venue on the way to another big gig. It's hard to find an identity(especially when the closest success was LIVE) but we're fiercely proud of OUR scene...and that was what spoke to me.

It was a great read exploring the ups and downs of a small town and their struggles and successes. ( )
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