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Inspired by the twitter hashtag trending on 8/22/2012

This is roughly chronological.


  1. The Statler Brothers
  2. New Kids on the Block
  3. Perfect Gentlemen (yes, I remember what band opened for NKOTB twenty years ago)
  4. Live
  5. Buffalo Tom
  6. PJ Harvey
  7. Poe
  8. Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  9. The Slackers
  10. Wesley Willis
  11. Barenaked Ladies
  12. Henry Rollins
  13. The Smashing Pumpkins
  14. Pedro the Lion
  15. Yo La Tengo
  16. Ani DiFranco
  17. Blues Traveler
  18. Counting Crows
  19. Soul Coughing
  20. Luscious Jackson
  21. Cibo Matto
  22. 311
  23. Dave Matthews Band
  24. David Garza
  25. Noe Venable (yep, and I remember someone who opened for Ani 12 years ago)
  26. Ben Folds Five
  27. Elliott Smith
  28. Tori Amos
  29. Iron & Wine
  30. Violent Femmes
  31. Radiohead
  32. Willie Nelson
  33. The Fifth Wheel (woo Cleveland-area shows in the 1990s!)
  34. Bernadette Peters (in Gypsy October 11th 2003?)
  35. Andrew Bird
  36. Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett
  37. Sufjan Stevens
  38. Fleet Foxes
  39. Bright Eyes
  40. Yo-Yo Ma (twice in one day in Swasey Chapel at Denidoo)
  41. Tegan & Sara
  42. Mates of State
  43. Damien Rice
  44. Indigo Girls
  45. Arcade Fire
  46. Magnolia Electric Co.
  47. Jenny Lewis
  48. Of Montreal
  49. Cat Power
  50. New Pornographers
  51. Girl Talk
  52. Lauryn Hill
  53. Outkast
  54. The Roots
  55. Rusted Root
  56. Wilco
  57. Gin Blossoms
  58. The Dodos
  59. Beck, wait, have I seen Beck??
  60. Glen Hansard
  61. Telekinesis
  62. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  63. Garbage
  64. Fountains of Wayne
  65. Neko Case
  66. Rage Against the Machine
  67. Sea Wolf
  68. The White Stripes
  69. Bob Dylan
  70. Spoon – right? I must have.  You can’t live in Austin for 4 years an avaoid them.
  71. James Brown
  72. The Moldy Peaches
  73. The Breeders
  74. Vampire Weekend
  75. Bjork
  76. Robert Plant and Alison Kraus
  77. Ben Harper
  78. Fastball
  79. Alana Davis
  80. G Love and Special Sauce
  81. Erykah Badu
  82. Jamiroquai
  83. Sheryl Crow
  84. The Offspring
  85. Korn
  86. Bush
  87. Everclear
  88. Ice Cube
  89. Moby
  90. The Chemical Brothers
  91. Fatboy Slim
  92. Kid Rock
  93. Wyclef Jean
  94. Alanis Morissette
  95. Limp Bizkit
  96. Brian Setzer Orchestra
  97. Everlast
  98. Jewel
  99. Dear lord – did I freaking see Creed??
  100. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  101. Muse
  102. My Morning Jacket
  103. Robert Earl Keen (in concert and at a WWDTM taping)
  104. Lucinda Wililams
  105. The Decemberists
  106. Regina Spektor
  107. Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  108. Foo Fighters
  109. David Byrne
  110. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
  111. The Swell Season
  112. Gillian Welch
  113. Okkervil River
  114. Asleep at the Wheel
  115. Octopus Project
  116. Menomena
  117. Hooray for Earth
  118. Surfer Blood
  119. Modest Mouse
  120. The Monkees
  121. KC and the Sunshine Band


  1. Bill Clinton
  2. Sean Astin (remember how he randomly opened for that Hillary rally?)
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Dennis Kucinich
  5. Jerry Seinfeld
  6. Jim Bruer
  7. Paula Poundstone
  8. Roy Blount, Jr.
  9. Peter Sagal
  10. Ira Glass
  11. Sherman Alexie
  12. Carl Kassel
  13. Charlie Pierce
  14. Kyrie O’Connor
  15. Amy Sedaris
  16. Molly Shannon
  17. Julie Andrews
  18. Nick Hornby
  19. Clinton Kelly
  20. Dick m-f’in Goddard (wut wut Cleveland!)
  21. Jeff Kinney
  22. Angela Davis
  23. Ken Burns
  24. Garrison Keillor
  25. Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  26. Dan Savage <3<3<3
  27. Tiffany Shlain (so so good)
  28. Jeff Jarvis
  29. Will Shortz
  30. Dave Isay (of StoryCorps)
  31. Oh god . . . so many more

I’ve also seen every college football and men’s basketball team in the Big 12 (the 2006 – 2010 version), half of the American League (MLB) and a smattering of the National League, a handful of NBA games featuring the Cavs, and I saw a Nuggets game in Colorado.

I met the Snapple lady.

I saw Macauley Culkin’s doppelganger at Speak in Tongues in Cleveland.

And once I had a conversation with Clinton Portis on the street in DC without realizing who he was until I was a block away.

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The rest of my generation is doing it, so I guess I’ll make a Nirvana post too.

I often use Kurt Cobain as an example when I’m teaching library research methods. Many of my students have an assignment that requires them to use primary sources to talk about an historical event, but are only allowed to use sources within 24 hours of the incident.

Cobain is a great example of how problematic this can be because 1) the Wikipedia article says he died on the 5th, but really that’s approximate because 2) he wasn’t found until the 8th. So if my students go by the Wikipedia date and use that to search in ProQuest Newspapers, they find articles about Nirvana possibly breaking up and pulling out of talks with Lollapalooza, when really Cobain was likely already dead. This is a great teaching moment for me because I can poke holes into their allegiance to Wikipedia. Please don’t misunderstand. I love Wikipedia, but the students aren’t allowed to use it. I don’t have control over that, so I want to show them reasons why their instructor doesn’t want them to use it. I also discourage blind allegiance to any particular source.

This is also a great opportunity for me to talk about modern news culture and the 24-hour news cycle. Most of their topics are pre-1950, so this gives us a chance to talk about what kinds of news sources were available then and how that affects the type and timeline of information presented.

In 1994, when I was in junior high and settling into my life-long love of “alternative” music, I never thought that I would be using Kurt Cobain’s death – an incident that rocked my young world and kept me glued to MTV for days – as an example when teaching library research seventeen years later. What is most striking, is how many students are familiar with Nirvana and Cobain, even though he died when they were two. I especially love using this example at my conservative institution because it’s unexpected and the indie/alternative kids really get a kick out of it.

Oh, Kurt. I can’t help but wonder what you would be doing today. My dream is that you would have continued to make awesome music and evolve with trends but never give up who you are. I wish you’d given yourself the chance.

At the bottom of the post are two of the citation examples I use.

This is one of my favorite Nirvana moments. Please note, it’s not censored, and the first twelve seconds are probably NSFW.

Hochman, Steve. (1994, April 6). Nirvana Pulls Out of Tour Plan Pop music: Amid reports of a breakup, the band withdraws from talks about headlining this summer’s `Lollapalooza ’94,’ citing singer Kurt Cobain’s health problems :[Home Edition]. Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext),p. 1. Retrieved April 5, 2011, from Los Angeles Times. (Document ID: 59343304).

Saiz Holguin, Robert. (1994, April 8). Nirvana Singer Kurt Cobain Found Dead :[FINAL MARKETS Edition]. Chicago Sun – Times,p. 3. Retrieved April 5, 2011, from ProQuest Newsstand. (Document ID: 117631952).

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