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A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309

by Aaron Cometbus Author and Scott Satterwhite Author

At their best, punkhouses are a shelter from the storm of society and our dysfunctional families. At their worst, they are a sweltering atmosphere of combative, didactic exclusion. Aaron Cometbus and Scott Satterwhite (CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting) collect illuminating and fascinating interviews with the residents of the oldest continuous punkhouse in the Southern U.S. A hub of radical counterculture, 309 served as a place for artists, musicians, radicals, and antiracists to organize, build a body of work, and ultimately impact the world around them. There, the residents tried to build they wanted to see, creating a queer, vegan alternative to protect and defend the marginalized. The book also includes photos by Mike Brodie and Cynthia Connolly and first-hand accounts of idealistic efforts like the End of the Line Cafe, the band This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, numerous zines, a house band feud, and feminist support groups. (Short Discount)