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Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland

Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett


Peoria, Illinois has long been a benchmark for the cautious and the conservative, a popular American test market for ideas, entertainment acts, and products. Beginning in the 1980s, hardcore punk rock bands “played in Peoria,” right alongside Reagan Republicanism and a series of factory closings. Spanning two decades and many waves of youth, this book explores how various misfits and outcasts repurposed elements of their deindustrializing city to promote local and touring bands, build social networks, and grapple with the possibilities and shortcomings of subcultural and countercultural politi ... More

Keywords: punk rock, Midwest, Youth, Counterculture, Subculture, Deindustrialization, Reagan, Illinois, Peoria, conservative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043802
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Wright, author
Peoria Magazines

Dawson Barrett, author
Del Mar College