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Interview with Rodger Brown, July 12, 2017

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:19 - Attending the University of Georgia

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Partial Transcript: I first came to Athens in the summer of...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about coming to Athens, Georgia in 1979 as University student, where he lived in Reed Hall. Brown describes his time in Athens and his party experiences.

Keywords: Armstrong College; B-52's; Reed Hall; Savannah, Georgia; University of Georgia

00:08:16 - The Athens subculture

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Partial Transcript: The girls in the sub-basement...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about the mock fraternities formed by students in Reed Hall attending the University of Georgia. Brown describes the artistic appeal of Athens and talks about some the musicians he met around the area. Brown talks about his first introductions to music while in University.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; University of Georgia; music

00:15:04 - Musical interest

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Partial Transcript: When here, the girls would be playing...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about the many influences of his musical interest. Brown relates that most of his musical experience involved making comedic criticisms of concert performed songs. Brown describes a party he threw while attending the University of Georgia.

Keywords: 40-Watt Club; Blood Sock; University of Georgia

00:22:23 - John Seawright

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Partial Transcript: So we would hang out and talk...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about his friendship with John Seawright, who was also his roommate for a period of time. Brown describes Seawright as a well-educated historian who was politically savvy and a great storyteller.

Keywords: John Seawright; Line of Sight; storytelling

00:30:29 - John Seawright (cont.)

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Partial Transcript: But his politics were more of a personal...

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls the political position of his friend and roommate, John Seawright, as he was more opinionated on cultural politics. Brown talks about how the death of Seawright affected his life. Brown talks about the magazine he wrote while at the University of Georgia called Line of Sight which included board games and political criticisms.

Keywords: B-52's; John Seawright; Line of Sight; politics

00:38:18 - Line of sight magazine / Touring with R.E.M.

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Partial Transcript: But my favorite feature we did...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about some of the subjects covered in his magazine called Line of Sight. Brown talks about the magazine creation process, and his decision to stop the magazine after he left Athens, Georgia in the early 1980's. Brown recalls dating the secretary of R.E.M., Sandy Fipps and his experience traveling with the band while on tour.

Keywords: Line of Sight; R.E.M.; Sandy Fipps; University of Georgia

00:44:44 - Party Out of Bounds

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Partial Transcript: I always wanted all of my works...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about some of the odd jobs he did while touring with R.E.M. Brown recalls the publishing of his book, Party Out of Bounds. Brown describes attending a Ku Klux Klan meeting for the writing of a piece for graduate school along with other articles he wrote around the time.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Ku Klux Klan; Party out of Bounds

00:51:19 - Party out of Bounds (cont.)

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Partial Transcript: And so, I wrote the proposal...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about a book proposal he wrote during the mid 1980's that described the atmosphere of Athens, Georgia at the peak of its cultural influence. Brown talks about how the proposal led to the publishing of the book, Party Out of Bounds.

Keywords: Party out of Bounds; Sam Seawright; manuscripts

01:00:13 - Musicians in Party Out of Bounds

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Partial Transcript: You know, I had to live a fantasy life...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about the liberating atmosphere of Athens, Georgia. Brown recalls the process of writing the book and addresses some of the disappointment from members of the Athens, Georgia community.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; B-52's; Party out of Bounds; R.E.M.

01:09:45 - Community reaction to Party Out of Bounds

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Partial Transcript: Nobody likes accuracy...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about how some of the members of the active community reacted to his book. Brown explains that some members of the community criticized Party Out of Bounds based on their presence in the book.

Keywords: 40-Watt Club; Party out of Bounds; Rick the Printer; criticisms

01:16:49 - Vic Varney

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Partial Transcript: And I think that's why it has a continuing...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about the outreaching effect of his book on people around the world. Brown explains how the book captured the atmosphere of Athens, Georgia during the 1980's. Brown relates how Vic Varney, the manager of the Pylons, fell out of grace with the public.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Party out of Bounds; Vick Varney

01:24:37 - Republishing Party Out of Bounds

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Partial Transcript: So he had been selling for about...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about his decision to republish his book, and explains how the publishing of the newer version led to a price increase on the older version.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Party out of Bounds