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This archive focuses on the vibrant & legendary Flint underground music scene of the 1980s and 1990s.  It was a turbulent time in Flint’s history.  The 1980s began with the Flint area experiencing stability, growth, and cultural excitement.  By the decade’s end, a mass exodus had occurred due to the historic GM layoffs in Flint and the cascading effect it had on everyone in the area.  The following decade was an intense period of readjustment, as Flint was forced to redefine itself after decades of booming progress. It was the perfect environment to breed groundbreaking punk or garage rock. However, the Flint scene was actually known around Michigan, for a unique variety of musical output that resembled the AM radio of the 1960s.

It was also a time before the common use of the internet and digital media production.  Home cassette recording allowed bands to inexpensively record their music for the first time in history. Wyatt Earp Records helped distribute it.  There were Flint public radio shows that would lend them exposure and help Wyatt Earp’s distribute the music and live show information.  In 1989, there was even a TV series (“Take No Prisoners”) that ran for 8 years and was devoted to quality documentation of the scene by volunteer audio and video pros. It was an infrastructure that few cities ever enjoyed before punk and “alternative” music went mainstream in the mid-1990s.  Most importantly, it was a scene built and cultivated by a unique group of extraordinary individuals that freely lent their time and talents to create a cooperative, unified, and energized music scene.  Their story can now be told through this site. 

Few cameras were ever present at shows back then and even fewer moments were recorded on audio or video. Until 2007, these recordings sat in dusty collections all over the country.  If these recordings were originally available at a show or at Wyatt Earp's (in small, limited, hand-made batches sold on consignment and at cost), they instantly went out of print.  Back then, you usually had to know someone to get a copy of this stuff.  Not any more.

Aaron Stengel
Site Developer and Curator
Flint Music Scene Veteran ((Brotherman, Safety In Numbers, Workstation, Psychotic Playground, Big Deal, Arabian Fame, Inaction Figure Set)


Contributors

Tara Stengel did graphics for the site.

Joel Rash donated his extensive collection of flyers, articles and audio/video

Brett_X._Herron donated his extensive collection, knowledge and feedback.

Aaron Freeman did graphics for the site's promo items and provided great technical feedback.

Ben Hamper donated his collection, insight and the "Take No Prisoners" TV and radio series.

Steve Hester donated his collection, insight and the "Take No Prisoners" TV series.

Jerry Humphrey donated his collection, insight and the "Take No Prisoners" TV and radio series.

Al Steele donated his collection and insights

Tim Cronin donated his extensive collection and digitized many of the audio demos and live recordings. He also transferred much of the original cassette artwork into online and CD formats.

Ty Schick donated his classic photos from the 1980s.

Chris McNicol donated his extensive collection and digitized many of the audio demos and live recordings.

Blair Jones donated his collection

Kenneth Whiteaker helped upload and process audio files

Thomas J. Wirt donated his collection of photos and flyers

Andy Turpen donated his collection.

Tim Flynn donated his collection and has helped promote the site through his articles at The Flint Journal.

Bruce Powers donated his collection.

Mike Absher donated his collection and has helped promote the site through a variety of media.

John Vamossy donated his collection

Steve Vamossy donated his collection

Gary Mueller donated his collection

Steve Reddy donated his collection

Jeph Foust donated his collection.

Rob Rosario donated his collection.

Sean McDonald donated his collection.

Brian Orr donated his collection.

Shawn Wharton donated his collection.

Fido Kennington donated his collection

Marc Hudson donated his collection

Bump donated his collection.

Jon Mitchell donated his collection

Keith Fleetwood donated his collection.

Mark Gordon Brown donated his collection.

Smiling Sacrifice helped promote the site on their 2007 Wyatt Earp Records CD/DVD release.

Craig (Rudy) Varner donotated his collection.

Eric Scott donotated his photo collection. Ross Barkey's "Flint Freaks Group" on Myspace provided constant networking, feedback and encouragement during the site's development.



The Groovy Love Gods of "Take No Prisoners"
(left to right)
Jim McDonald - Take No Prisoners Radio host 1981-1989
Jerry Humphrey - Take No Prisoners Radio/TV host 1989-1997
Ben Hamper - Take No Prisoners Radio/TV host 1981-1993
Doug Earp (R.I.P.) - Owner of Wyatt Earp Records 1981-2004