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Punks in PeoriaMaking a Scene in the American Heartland$
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Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043802

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043802.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) Punks in Peoria

Jonathan Wright

Dawson Barrett

University of Illinois Press

This chapter frames the history of punk rock within the broader historical context of Peoria, Illinois, a conservative, mid-sized city in the American Midwest. The chapter touches on the city’s history as the whiskey capital of the world, a staple of the American vaudeville circuit, the world headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc., and a popular American test market. Before punk rock bands such as Fugazi and the Jesus Lizard passed through the city, its complicated history already included ties to figures as varied as Richard Pryor, Ronald Reagan, Charles Manson, and George Wallace.

Keywords:   Peoria, Illinois, Whiskey, Caterpillar, Midwest, Fugazi, Richard Pryor, Ronald Reagan, Charles Manson, George Wallace

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