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20HERTZ: A World of Our Own: Mydolls And The Houston Punk Scene

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Published on Aug 23, 2016

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present a live interview between lauded Texas-based band Mydolls, Dan Workman (SugarHill Studios), and Nancy Agin D. (MA Arts Leadership, U of H Candidate). For their presentation, A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene, Mydolls discussed their nearly four-decade-long career recording, touring, and producing records; their DIY Ethos and cultural impact; and their role as community leaders working to empower women of all ages.

About Mydolls
The Mydolls are a punk band from Houston, TX formed in 1978 featuring Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray, George Reyes, and Linda Younger. They are inspired by punk ranging from the 1960s-1970s, including Iggy Pop, Magazine, Television, Red Crayola, Thee Raincoats, Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, New York Dolls, among other notable New York-based proto-punk/punk bands. Mydolls recorded its first single, Nova Grows Up/Therapist, in 1980. Its second 45, Exorcist/Imposter, and 12″, Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick, were released on Houston independent label CIA Records (founded by Really Red).

In the 1980s the Mydolls were invited to record an interview with the famous London-based tastemaker John Peel formerly of BBC Radio 1. They were also invited to perform in Wim Wenders’s 1984 classic indie film Paris, Texas and performed in NYC at Danceteria for the opening night release party. They have played with notable bands such as Really Red, The Hates, Wild Bores, Introverts, Plastic idols, Recipients, Party Owls, Degenerates, Anarchitex, and Culturcide (Mark Flood’s experimental anti-band).

Today, the Mydolls continue to actively tour and perform across the country and release new records. Their most recent release, “It’s Too Hot for Revolution”(2015) is available at mydollsmusic.com, on iTunes, and on CD at Sound Exchange and Vinal Edge Records in Houston, TX.

About the interviewers
Dan Workman began his music career as a charter member of the seminal Houston art/noise/rock band, Culturcide. He leveraged his indie rock credentials and continued his work in the mainstream, recording and producing some of Texas' most notable artists: ZZ Top, Clay Walker, Hubert Laws, South Park Mexican, Destiny's Child, and Beyonce. Dan is also president of SugarHill Studios, Houston, Texas—the oldest continuously operating recording studio in the United States, (75 years).

Wild Dog Archives (WildDogZine.com) preserves Henry “Wild Dog” Weissborn’s legacy collection of Texas underground music, arts and cultural ephemera. The collection is curated by Nancy Agin D., a graduate student in the Arts Leadership program at the University of Houston. WDA's mission is to create a narrative for the Gulf Coast's early punk scene through the collected artifacts of Henry Wild Dog, who launched Houston’s first anarchopunkfanzine in 1979.

About 20HERTZ
20HERTZ is a lecture series conceived around themes of musical influence in everyday life. The series asks artists, musicians, and all-around-creatives to share the music that has influenced them throughout their lives.

© Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2016.

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