Descriptive Summary
AMP-001 Shannon Primm interviewed by Joanna Smolko
AMP-002 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell
AMP-003 Art Rosenbaum
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by David Heinsen and Kevin Green
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by Anna Williams and Kevin Green
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt interviewed by Jean Kidula
AthFest Oral Histories
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery interviewed by Alex Garrett and Robert Martin
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer interviewed by Francisco Ruiz and James Ingham
AMP-007 Melissa Link interviewed by Dylan Teribury and Sara Wilder
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles interviewed by Kathleen Knowles and Chris Vaughan
AMP-009 David Barbe interviewed by Henry Pharis
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey interviewed by Calvin Bottoms and Robin Smith
AMP-012 Jill Helme interviewed by Sara Hess and Joshua Hinson
AMP-010 Larry McLure interviewed by Deborah Caldwell
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson interviewed by Isaiah Feken
AMP-014 John Bailey interviewed by Kevin Green
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser interviewed by David Heinsen
AMP-016 Greg Hull interviewed by Anna Williams
AMP-017 Sam Mixon interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (L.G.) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-020 Carlos Jones interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-022 Andrew Rieger interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-023 Frank MacDonell interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-024 Montu Miller interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. interviewed by Fred Smith
AMP-030 Creston Spiers interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-031 Peter Alvanos interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) interviewed Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-034 Robin Edwards interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-035 Joe Rowe interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-036 Dave Marr interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-037 Jill Carnes interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-041 Jason Griffin interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-042 Alan Flurry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-045 David Barbe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-048 Bill David interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-049 Barry Marler interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-050 Julie House interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-051 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-053 Jeff Walls interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-054 Bob Hay interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-055 Lauren Fancher interviewed by Grace Hale
AMP-056 Vanessa Hay interviewed by Grace Hale
AMP-057 Terry Allen interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-058 Bryan Cook interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-059 Dana Downs interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-061 April Chapman interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-062 Kelly Noonan interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-063 Deonna Mann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice and Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-064 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-065 Rodger Brown interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-066 Nick Bielli interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-067 Ken Starratt interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-068 James Willingham interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-069 Pat Shields interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
Athens Music Project Oral History CollectionAthens Music Project Oral History Collection

Athens Music Project Oral History Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Music Project Oral History Collection
Creator: Kidula, Jean
Creator: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.
Dates: 2014-2017
Extent: 69.0 interviews
Collection Number: RBRL/379/AMP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Athens Music Project Oral History Collection is part of the Athens Music Project (AMP), a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts research cluster co-directed by Jean Kidula and Susan Thomas. Interviews in this collection document the development of Athens as a breeding ground for multiple musical communities--the most prominent of them being the Southern independent rock scene. Other areas to be documented include a variety of African-American musical traditions, hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass, folk music traditions, Latin music, new music and conceptual sound art, classical music, and musical theater, and AthFest.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The Athens Music Project Oral History Collection is part of the Athens Music Project (AMP), a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts research cluster co-directed by Jean Kidula and Susan Thomas. The Athens Music Project was founded in 2014 as a platform for research, creative development, and shared expertise in, about, and for the diverse musical communities that make the city of Athens.

Scope and Content

The Athens Music Project Oral History Collection documents the diversity and depth of Georgia music and culture, with emphasis on the Athens music culture and community--a community renowned for its cultivation of creativity and as a global destination for musicians. Interviews are conducted by partners from music communities, and UGA faculty, staff, and students.

Interviews in this collection document the development of Athens as a breeding ground for multiple musical communities--the most prominent of them being the Southern independent rock scene. Other areas to be documented include a variety of African-American musical traditions, hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass, folk music traditions, Latin music, new music and conceptual sound art, classical music, and musical theater. A subseries (AMP-005--AMP-009, AMP-011--AMP-012) documents the development of AthFest, and annual 3-day music festival supporting music and arts education.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred citation

Athens Music Project Oral History Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information note

Original and transfer media for this collection include digital audio and video files.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2017.


Related Materials

Access Points

Athens (Ga.)
Athens--Clarke County (GA)--Politics and Government.
Georgia--Music.
Music education.

Related Collections in this Repository

Athens Oral History Project


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

AMP-001 Shannon Primm interviewed by Joanna Smolko

Extent: 1.0 moving image 63 minutes
AMP-001 Shannon Primm video on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-001 Shannon Primm video on YouTube Access Online
AMP-001 Shannon Primm audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-002 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 2.0 moving images



AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 1.0 moving image 63 minutes
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot, Interview 1 video on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot, Interview 1 video on YouTube Access Online
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot, Interview 1 audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 1.0 moving image 83 minutes
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot, Interview 2 video on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot, Interview 2 video on YouTube Access Online
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot, Interview 2 audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-003 Art Rosenbaum

Extent: 2.0 moving images



AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by David Heinsen and Kevin Green

Extent: 1.0 moving image 75 minutes
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 1 video on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 1 video on YouTube Access Online
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 1 audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by Anna Williams and Kevin Green

Extent: 1.0 moving image 72 minutes
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 2 video on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 2 video on YouTube Access Online
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 2 audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt interviewed by Jean Kidula

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 134 minutes
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AthFest Oral Histories

Extent: 7.0 interviews



AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery interviewed by Alex Garrett and Robert Martin

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 80 minutes
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-006 Russ Hallauer interviewed by Francisco Ruiz and James Ingham

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 55 minutes
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-007 Melissa Link interviewed by Dylan Teribury and Sara Wilder

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 65 minutes
AMP-007 Melissa Link audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-007 Melissa Link audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-007 Melissa Link audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-008 Alicia Nickles interviewed by Kathleen Knowles and Chris Vaughan

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 90 minutes
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-009 David Barbe interviewed by Henry Pharis

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 65 minutes
AMP-009 David Barbe audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-009 David Barbe audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-009 David Barbe audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-011 Troy Aubrey interviewed by Calvin Bottoms and Robin Smith

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 67 minutes
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey audio on SoundCloud Access Online



AMP-012 Jill Helme interviewed by Sara Hess and Joshua Hinson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 54 minutes
AMP-012 Jill Helme audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-012 Jill Helme audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-012 Jill Helme audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-010 Larry McLure interviewed by Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 226 minutes
AMP-010 Larry McLure audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-010 Larry McLure audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson interviewed by Isaiah Feken

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 72 minutes
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-014 John Bailey interviewed by Kevin Green

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 86 minutes
AMP-014 John Bailey audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-014 John Bailey audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-015 Chris Enghauser interviewed by David Heinsen

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 146 minutes
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-016 Greg Hull interviewed by Anna Williams

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 113 minutes
AMP-016 Greg Hull audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-016 Greg Hull audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-017 Sam Mixon interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 135 minutes
Scope and Content: Sam Mixon talks about his early affinity for music, taking piano lessons, and teaching himself how to play drums, guitar, and the bass guitar. He remembers how working as a DJ for the local radio station and selling records in his father's store influenced him musically. He remembers how playing covers of songs shaped his experimentation with different genres of music and his understanding of what makes the structure of music. He recalls his time at the University of Georgia, during which he lived with fellow musicians and played in various bands like Flaming Chopsticks and Doo Blan Tant and his goal of creating original music. He recalls his practice space in the old Stitchcraft factory off Oconee Street, and compares the Athens music scene in the early 1980s with that of 2016. Mixon discusses the formation of the band Porn Orchard with fellow musicians Curtiss Pernice and Ted Hafer in 1986, their songwriting process, and touring with the band. He recalls the 2001 tour with his band Sunshine Fix that coincided with September 11, and memories of the aftermath of the attack. Following Porn Orchard's breakup in 1992, Mixon worked on pre-production for Vic Chestnutt's record Silver Lake, and he talks about Vic Chestnutt as a musician and songwriter. Mixon describes how playing music is like a conversation. He recalls his high school best friend, and their different experiences with songwriting.
Biographical note: Sam Mixon was born in Macon, Georgia in 1962. He grew up in Washington, Georgia where his father owned a variety of businesses, including Mixon Discount where Mixon worked at an early age selling records. He also worked as a DJ at WLOV, the local radio station, and as the bass player in a country music band throughout high school. In 1981, he started at the University of Georgia, and during his time in Athens, Georgia, he played with different bands, including the Flaming Chopsticks of Death, Doo Blant Tant, and Porn Orchard.
AMP-017 Sam Mixon audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-017 Sam Mixon audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP 017 Sam Mixon audio interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 61 minutes
Scope and Content: Eugene Willis, Jr., aka Blacknerdninja, talks about working at an early age doing odd jobs, drawing comics, and spending a lot of time in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Athens where his grandmother lived. He talks about starting to write raps, deciding to pursue music, and releasing his first CD entitled Home Remedy in the tenth grade. He talks about his relationship to Lo' Down and Duddy, another rap duo in Athens, and the explosion of the hip-hop and rap music scene in Athens in the late 1990s. Willis talks about the evolution of the hip-hop scene from 1996 onward, including the battle rap scene, the influence of the Underground Sound label, and the Dreaded Mindz hip-hop group. Willis also discusses the internet's impact on audience participation, the relevance of live performances, and the oversaturation of the local market. He recalls the three-year period he took off from rapping and the subsequent birth of his new identity as Blacknerdninja in 2010, his breakout perfomance, performing together with Larry Gresham, Jr. aka LG, and his musical influences. Willis discusses the impact of the 2012 inauguration of the Hip-Hop Awards in Athens, Georgia on representation of local hip hop artists. He discusses the business side of hip-hop and the need to invest in supporting artists. He talks about his family and balancing family life and music.
Biographical note: Eugene Willis, Jr. was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2000, and his first record release was entitled Home Remedy. He has performed under the names Lil Gene and Blacknerdninja.
AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) audio on Soundcloud Access Online
AMP 018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (L.G.) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 33 minutes
Scope and Content: Larry Gresham, Jr., aka LG, grew up in Athens, Georgia, and fell in love with music very young, when he sang in the church choir and was influenced by his father's music tastes. He started writing his own songs around 1996. Gresham recalls trying to join and finally being accepted into the group Too Fly, which consisted of Eugene Willis' (aka Blacknerdninja) younger brothers and cousin. He talks about how the collaboration between himself and Willis came about, how the Athens hip hop scene has changed over the years, and his and other artists' efforts to grow the hip hop scene in Athens and increase collaboration and camaraderie between artists. Gresham also comments on his work outside of music and his involvement with his church choir and coaching basketball at Cedar Shoals High School.
Biographical note: Larry Gresham, Jr. was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. Gresham produces and performs locally, and has collaborated multiple times with Eugene Willis, Jr. aka Blacknerdninja, another local hip-hop artist.
AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (L.G.) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (LG) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP 019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (LG) audio interview and OHMS index Access Online
 

AMP-020 Carlos Jones interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 46 minutes
Scope and Content: Carlos Jones, who performs under the name Lo' Down, talks about his early performances in Athens, releasing his first album Between the Hedges with friend Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken), and leaving college to pursue his music career in Atlanta. Jones recalls how he and Richardson became a group, and how their connection to Bubba Sparxxx, a rapper at the University of Georgia, put them in touch with other industry players. Jones traces the growth of his music career and the influence of their group in the nascent hip hop scene in Athens during the early 2000's. He discusses his relationship to Athens, how the town reinforces a racialized mentality, and the limitations of Athens as a place for the growth of a hip hop industry. Jones concludes the interview by talking about his musical influences and stepping away from performing music.
Biographical note: Carlos Jones was born in Athens, Georgia. He briefly attended Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, but left to pursue his music career in Atlanta with his friend and collaborator, Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken). Together they formed the group Lo' Down and Duddy, and released two albums. Jones has also worked independently under a separate name and label, as well as a ghostwriter and music producer.
AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 82 minutes
Scope and Content: Ismeal Cuthbertson talks about the culture shock he experienced when moving to Athens, Georgia, and compares the violence between Athens versus the other big cities he's lived in. He talks about his early hip hop influences like Canibus and Fort Knox, his move to New Jersey after graduating high school, and the training and experience he acquired during those years away. He recalls moving back to Athens, building up recognition as an artist, and working with Hano Leathers and Fort Knox as his management team. He recalls that the only Athens venues that supported hip hop in the early 2000's were the Athens Music Factory (no longer in existence) and the 40 Watt. Cuthbertson talks about being active in the battle rap scene in Atlanta, working with the Attica Sound label, and touring and performing nationally with rapper KRS-One. He recalls performing at Music Midtown and internationally in Germany, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Cuthbertson also reflects on his decision to stop performing and focus on his family. He gives advice to future artists regarding balancing their music careers and personal life, and comments on hip-hop in Athens in 2016, the fragmentation of the black community in Athens, and how the internet has changed the nature of music exposure.
Biographical note: Ismeal Cuthbertson was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Athens, Georgia at fifteen. He left Athens to move back to New Jersey after graduating high school, and later moved back to Athens again, where he began performing locally and in Atlanta.
AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthertson (Ishues) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP 021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-022 Andrew Rieger interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 52 minutes
Scope and Content: Andrew Rieger talks about becoming a music fan at a young age, his first band, and starting the band Elf Power when he moved to Athens, Georgia for school. He talks about choosing to do home versus in-studio recordings, collaborating briefly with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, and touring internationally, especially on repeated tours in Spain. Rieger describes the list he keeps of every live performance he has seen, and how it serves as a reference for other musicians. He reflects on the definition of success, managing his own label Orange Twin, and the growth of the entrepreneurial mentality in music production. He talks about collaborating with Vic Chesnutt, teaching classes for the University of Georgia Music Business Program, and compares the music distribution models in the digital age to the music exposure in the 1980s.
Biographical note: Andrew Rieger grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina and attended the University of Georgia in the early 1990s. He and Laura Carter started the band Elf Power, which was an original part of the Elephant 6 Recording Company. Rieger manages the music label Orange Twin and teaches classes at the University of Georgia Music Business Program.
AMP-022 Andrew Rieger audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-022 Andrew Rieger audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-022 Andrew Rieger audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-023 Frank MacDonell interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 102 minutes
Scope and Content: Frank MacDonell talks about growing up in the suburbs, taking guitar lessons, forming his high school band, Aftermath, and getting his first Les Paul guitar. MacDonell working for a real estate company after graduating high school, and getting exposure to bands in Athens. He remembers being inspired by the band, Bar-B-Q Killers, deciding to quit his job and move to Athens to play music, and forming the band Magneto. He describes the atmosphere of friendly competition in the Athens music scene, releasing his first record, his first studio recording experience, and playing in various bands over the years, including Poolside, Tom Collins, and The Glands. He recalls Poolside's close encounter with stardom after being in talks with L.A. producers, and why it didn't work out. He goes into more detail about The Glands and their lead singer and songwriter, Ross Shapiro, as well as MacDonell's partnership with music engineer, David Barbe, and de describes the guitars he has owned over the years and where he bought them.
Biographical note: Frank MacDonnell grew up in Sandy Springs, Georgia and moved to Athens in his early twenties to play music. He has played guitar in multiple Athens bands, including Magneto, Poolside, Tom Collins, and The Glands.
AMP-023 Frank MacDonell audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-023 Frank MacDonnell audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-023 Frank MacDonnell audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-024 Montu Miller interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 52 minutes
Scope and Content: Montu Miller talks about growing up in a culture of hip hop, his early involvement in the Athens hip hope scene, and founding the group Dreaded Mindz which hosted weekly poetry and rap events in his apartment. Miller discusses the climate and perceptions surrounding hip hop in the early 2000s, the difficulty of finding receptive downtown venues, and Dreaded Mindz' role in growing the local hip hop movement. He mentions some of the group's original members, women's role in the organization, and the support of the Tasty World club as a hip hop venue. Miller discusses the need for a meeting place for different styles of hip hop, the impact of the Athens Hip hop Awards, and the growing incorporation of hip hop includes partnering with musical festivals, schools, and organizations and working behind-the-scenes to grow the Athens hip hop scene.
Biographical/Historical note: Montu Miller was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and attended the University of Georgia. He was a founder of the Athens group Dreaded Mindz, and is a music promoter in Athens since the early 2000s.
AMP-024 Montu Miller audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-024 Montu Miller audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-024 Montu Miller audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 33 minutes
Scope and Content: Benjamin Edwards, who performs under the name Big Body, talks about his childhood in the West Athens neighborhood of Newtown, his early hip hop influences, and starting to record music in college. He talks about dropping out of school, going to prison, and maintaining his relevance in the hip hop scene. Edwards recalls the division that existed between different types of hip hop, its increaed dissolution over time, and the current hip hop scene in Athens. He also discusses his thoughts about success, his mentoring of young artists in Athens, and his advice to them about work ethic and authenticity in producing music. He also mentions the role of the university as a networking resource for Athens music artists.
Biographical note: Benjamin Edwards grew up in the Newtown neighborhood of Athens, Georgia. After briefly attending Elon University, he returned to Georgia and released his first single in 2003 under the name Big Body.
AMP-025 Benajmin Edwards (Big Body) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 37 minutes
Scope and Content: Earl Arnold, aka Big Earl, talks about his early life in Harlem, collaborating with rapper Big Al, living in the Bethel Homes apartments (known as B-Town) in Athens, Georgia, and releasing music with the group Big Earl and the Twin boys. He compares his sound to that of Lo' Down and Duddy, another Athens hip-hop group. He talks about releasing his solo album Life on the Line, moving to Los Angeles to produce music, and returning to Athens. Arnold talks about pairing up with Trap Boy in 2012, the Athens Hip-Hop Awards as a platform for artist recognition, and the potential for cultivating mainstream artists in Athens. He also reflects on his songwriting and recording process and the importance of teamwork in producing music.
Biographical note: Earl Arnold, aka Big Earl, was born in Harlem, New York, and settled in Athens, Georgia where he started releasing music in the late 1990s. He first released music as part of the group Big Earl and the Twin Boys, including the release of an eponymous album in 1998.
AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-025 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 62 minutes
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 33 minutes
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. interviewed by Fred Smith

Extent: 1.0 moving image 75 minutes
Scope and Content: Walter Allen, Sr. grew up in Allendale, South Carolina, in the era of Jim Crow. The area was a close knit farming community, and Allen recalls learning principles of responsibility and discipline from his parents, neighbors, and teachers at Allendale County Training School, an all-black public school. While he also took classes on agriculture and home economics, Allen valued his music education most highly. Because of widespread discrimination, Allen saw and experienced many racially-motivated injustices during his school years, which became a factor in his advocacy for black music education, which he promoted by establishing free after school music programs throughout the state of Georgia. In the interview, Allen chronicles his own music education, beginning in primary school and extending through his time in college, the military, and band directing.
Biographical note: Walter Allen, Sr. was born and raised in Allendale, South Carolina. He graduated high school in 1947 and attended Claflin University, a historically black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Allen played trumpet in the 36th Army Band during his service in the Korean War. After military service, Allen moved to Athens, Georgia, where he was the band director at Athens High and Industrial. Allen also worked as an assistant principal at different schools as the Athens' school system during the desegregation period.
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. video on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-030 Creston Spiers interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 90 minutes
AMP-030 Creston Spiers audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-030 Creston Spiers audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-030 Creston Spiers audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-031 Peter Alvanos interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 124 minutes
AMP-031 Peter Alvanos audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-030 Peter Alvanos audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-031 Peter Alvanos audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 122 minutes
AMP 032 Kevin Sweeney audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP 032 Kevin Sweeney audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) interviewed Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 50 minutes
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-034 Robin Edwards interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 59 minutes
 

AMP-035 Joe Rowe interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 223 minutes
AMP-035 Joe Rowe audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-035 Joe Rowe audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-035 Joe Rowe audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-036 Dave Marr interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 74 minutes
AMP-036 Dave Marr audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-036 Dave Marr audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-036 Dave Marr audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-037 Jill Carnes interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 115 minutes
AMP-037 Jill Carnes audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-037 Jill Carnes audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-037 Jill Carnes audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-038 Paul Trudeau interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 81 minutes
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau audio on SoundCloud Access Online
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 70 minutes
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 56 minutes
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-041 Jason Griffin interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 64 minutes
AMP-041 Jason Griffin audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-041 Jason Griffin audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-042 Alan Flurry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 119 minutes
AMP-042 Alan Flurry audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-042 Alan Flurry audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-043 Ben Reynolds interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 92 minutes
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-044 Annelies Mondi interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 82 minutes
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-045 David Barbe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 70 minutes
AMP-045 David Barbe audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-045 David Barbe audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 111 minutes
AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 80 minutes
AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-048 Bill David interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 85 minutes
AMP-048 Bill David audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-048 Bill David audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-049 Barry Marler interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 103 minutes
AMP-49 Barry Marler audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-49 Barry Marler audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-050 Julie House interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 83 minutes
AMP-050 Julie House audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-050 Julie House audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-051 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 128 minutes
AMP-051 Arthur Johnson audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-051 Arthur Johnson audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 117 minutes
AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-053 Jeff Walls interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 117 minutes
AMP-053 Jeff Walls audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-053 Jeff Walls audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-054 Bob Hay interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 78 minutes
AMP-054 Bob Hay audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-054 Bob Hay audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-055 Lauren Fancher interviewed by Grace Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 97 minutes
AMP-055 Lauren Fancher audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-055 Lauren Fancher audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-056 Vanessa Hay interviewed by Grace Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 97 minutes
 

AMP-057 Terry Allen interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 87 minutes
AMP-057 Terry Allen audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-057 Terry Allen audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-058 Bryan Cook interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 87 minutes
AMP-058 Bryan Cook audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-058 Bryan Cook audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-059 Dana Downs interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 79 minutes
AMP-059 Dana Downs audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-059 Dana Downs audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-060 Lynda Stipe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 78 minutes
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-061 April Chapman interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 93 minutes
 

AMP-062 Kelly Noonan interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 99 minutes
AMP-062 Kelly Noonan audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-062 Kelly Noonan audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-063 Deonna Mann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice and Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 96 minutes
AMP-063 Deonna Mann audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-063 Deonna Mann audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-064 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 42 minutes
AMP-064 Arthur Johnson audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-064 Arthur Johnson audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-065 Rodger Brown interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 89 minutes
AMP-065 Rodger Brown audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-065 Rodger Brown audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-066 Nick Bielli interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 75 minutes
AMP-066 Nick Bielli audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-066 Nick Bielli audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-067 Ken Starratt interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 115 minutes
 

AMP-068 James Willingham interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 125 minutes
AMP-068 James Willingham audio on Kaltura Access Online
AMP-068 James Willingham audio on SoundCloud Access Online
 

AMP-069 Pat Shields interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording 92 minutes