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Rural & Small Town Venues

Concealed within miles of corn, dirt, strip malls, beach towns, and small towns the rural punk scenes, while not large, are mighty.

Hardcore punk rock of the 80s and 90s changed punk rock as we know it today, and its DIY messaging and tactics still inspire communities in the United States and around the world.

I, Basil Soper, worked on this collaborative project with my fellow cohort in the XE program at NYU that celebrates the influence that hardcore punk rock had on America. We gave a nod to the food industry that was often used for show spaces in the past and called our project "Ice Cream Eating Motherfuckers". Henry Rollins used to be the employee of the month at the Häagen-Dazs he worked at and Ian Mackay once called out a violent person in the audience calling him an “ice cream eating motherfucker” to dismantle his hyper masculinity, I researched and highlighted about 70 Rural and Small Town Punk Venues throughout the last 40 years. Please enjoy this digital archive highlighting DIY spaces in the United States.

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