Sandspaper: A Place for Pensacola Punks
By Jeremy Morrison
A short walk from the railroad tracks sits 309 N 6th Ave., an old two-story with a big front porch. For years, the house has served Pensacola’s punk community as a sort of communal hub. The venue has helped foster a scene and allowed for artistic cross pollination.
Residents have included a revolving cast of local musicians and artists. Celebrated photographer Mike Brodie embarked on his career from the house’s front porch. The house was featured in the book “Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy.”
Now, some former residents are looking to established the house as a museum, celebrating Pensacola’s punk culture, as well as its relationship to the larger, national punk culture.
“Think about it in the 80s-sense, 70s, 80s, even up to the early 90s, none of this stuff was really played on the radio very often, so the only way that punk could travel was almost like on the old Vaudeville circuit, you know, DIY, DIY-venues. And venues could be small clubs, or they could be in people’s houses. 309 eventually became one of those hubs,” explained Christoper Satterwhite...
Wear Channel 3: Rock On
By Hannah Mackenzie
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Pensacola is full of history, but sometimes that history can get overlooked or forgotten. One local professor is working proactively to keep a specific era alive with the creation of a new museum.
309 6th Avenue may not look much different from the other houses on the street, but it has historic ties to an era many might not know too much about: punk rock.
The house was built more than 100 years ago and since the early 1990s it's been lived in exclusively by members in the punk rock community. Punk rock enthusiast and University of West Florida professor Scott Satterwhite, said Pensacola plays a major role in punk history...
InWeekly: A Punk Tour of Pensacola
By Christopher Scott Satterwhite
“Write down the history,” he urged, with a passionate look his eye. “It’s the only thing that gives my life any meaning.”
This is a line from Aaron Cometbus’s novel “The Spirit of St. Louis,” a fictional account of the old school Pensacola punk scene, despite the title. Cometbus writes the influential punk fanzine Cometbus, but also played in several Pensacola punk bands, and lived next to (arguably) the oldest continuously-inhabited punk house in the United States—Pensacola’s own “309.” In short, he’s an expert witness. The urgent moment Cometbus describes is based upon a moment in my life when the drummer for a local band heard I was attempting to compile a history of Pensacola punk. “Write down the history,” he urged.
Despite the drummer’s plea, the fictional character and I had difficulty completing this onerous task. To outsiders, the history may seem trivial at best, or devoid of meaning in the larger context on Pensacola’s history or even the larger history of punk. Which was why I wanted to capture this history: to prove its importance and show that our history, the history of Pensacola punk, is an important part of the historical fabric of the region...
PUNK HOUSE: Interiors in Anarchy
By Abby Banks, Timothy Findlen, and Thurston Moore
The "punk house" may come in any number of forms. The most common type is often where a large group of like-minded punks cram into a house usually intended to accommodate two or three people, resulting in low rent and, thus, extended hours of leisure for the residents to pursue their true interests.
Punk House features anarchist warehouses, feminist collectives, tree houses, workshops, artists’ studios, self-sufficient farms, hobo squats, community centers, basement bike shops, speakeasies, and all varieties of communal living spaces. In over 300 images of fifty houses in twenty-five cities in the US, photographer Abby Banks finds the already weathered face of a seventeen-year-old runaway; the soft hands of a vinyl junkie (record collector); the mohawked show-goer; the dirty dishes in the sink; silk screened posters on the wall; and many other revealing glimpses of these anarchist interiors.
Features Photographs of the 309 House, available at Amazon.com
Cubed Raises the bar for Public Art in Pensacola
By Pensacola News Editorial Board
Fall is an especially busy time in Pensacola. We have arts festivals and songwriters festivals and Egg Fest grill-offs and Blue Angels homecomings and more community events than any single family could possibly attend.
But it’s worth pausing this year to give props to local artists Evan Levin and Ashton Howard for imagining, planning and executing CUBED — one of the coolest public art experiences downtown Pensacola has ever hosted.
Levin and Howard pitched the idea to the Pensacola Museum of Art who won funding for it as part of the annual Foo Foo Festival. The project kicked off with the installation of four cubes in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza near the intersection of Palafox and Garden streets. The cubes were built by Fluid Metalworks, the downtown Pensacola company specializing in custom metal artistry of their own. The four accessible sides of each cube served as 64-square-foot canvases for 16 different local artists, including Levin and Howard.
Each artist worked for 3 days — and nights — to complete their sides. And from the moment they lifted brushes, Sharpies and cans of spray paint, the artists drew crowds. The finished cubes have continued to attract a steady stream of onlookers, admirers and curious pedestrians throughout the week...