This collection consists of approximately 1 linear foot of photographs, posters, fliers, and magazines that document Houston’s underground music scene in the 80s and nineties. The bulk of the collection is from the early 90s. Mike Burnett took photographs of many local bands, some of which were included in local magazines. Burnett managed bands, and much of the collection consists of photographs of one of these bands, Spunk, as well as photographs of the band’s front man, musician and artist Tod Waters, who moved to Los Angeles and became a clothes and costume designer in the early 2000s. Burnett was on staff for and had his work included in local magazines, some of which are in the collection. The collection well documents activities at the music venue Catal Hatuk. The short lived club, located at 2524 McKinney (formerly The Axiom) opened on November 3, 1992, and was already closed by December 1993. Infernal Bridegroom Productions (now Catastrophic Theatre) produced plays there and many touring and local bands, including Pain Teens, De Schmog, Dry Nod, Rusted Shut, and Mike Gun performed there. The collection also includes fliers and posters for other music venues in town, including Pik-N-Pak, Emo’s, and Rudyard’s.
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