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The Man at the Center of Houston’s 80s Punk Rock Scene

There are some music aficionados who’ll steadfastly declare that punk is dead. Whether that’s true or not, the punk rock scene in Houston was once very much alive. With bands like Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys and lesser-known Houston groups like Really Red and the Mydolls, Houston’s punk scene in the 1980s was vibrant and […]

There are some music aficionados who'll steadfastly declare that punk is dead.

Whether that's true or not, the punk rock scene in Houston was once very much alive. With bands like Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys and lesser-known Houston groups like Really Red and the Mydolls, Houston's punk scene in the 1980s was vibrant and had plenty of buzz.

And, according to some who were part of the scene in the 80's one Houstonian himself was the punk rock scene: A man who guys by Chuck Roast, owner of Vinal Edge Records in the Heights.

Houston Matter's Conner Clifton sat down with him to see where that reputation comes from.

MORE: Houston Hardcore: Photos from Houston’s 80s punk rock scene

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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