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what they did was secret


On Wednesday 10 February 2010, I presented a paper at the 31st SWTX PCA/ACA entitled “What They Did was Secret: The Links Between Punk and Grunge.”

This earlier appeared in the comment section, but I thought I would re-post it, WITH PICTURES.

Here is the main thrust of what I was trying to get across in my conference paper:


drifting on down ol’ Route 66


I’ve just landed in Albuquerque for the 31st Annual Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations Meeting. The first thing I did was learn how to spell Albuquerque. The second thing was wander around Route 66, the old “Main street of America” for a few hours. It runs right through town. You can get a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s for $1. Wendy’s has combos for $2.99. If it turns out there’s a Carl’s Jr. somewhere too, I may never leave.

I’m presenting a paper on one of the “punk panels” at the conference, where I attempt to explore the connections between the overall punk scene in America and the “grunge” scene in the Pacific Northwest. The panels are going to be chalk full of people that actually know stuff about punk, and so I thought it would be worth it to go through an embarrassing hour or so – where they realize I know nothing about the subject – in exchange for me soaking up all their ideas for the next several days. I may even come home with a mohawk. 

So over the next little while I will be posting interesting/thought provoking/profound/and maybe even funny information from the conference on this amazing blog. Please let me know what y’all think.