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Louisville Underground Music Archive seeking materials

by Erica Walsh, communications and marketing last modified Feb 27, 2014 10:38 AM

Archivists from the University of Louisville are seeking the sights and sounds of the Louisville rock music scene to fill out their latest collection.

UofL Libraries faculty from Archives and Special Collections will be at the Flea Off Market on March 8 and 9 to collect materials for the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) Project.

The LUMA Project documents the history and culture of Louisville’s rock/punk/indie/hardcore music scene from the 1970s through today, with special emphasis on the music of the 1980s and 90s.

“Records of this kind of pop culture are underrepresented in archives and that history is at risk of being lost,” said Carrie Daniels, director of Archives and Special Collections.

The LUMA Project welcomes a variety of archival materials including show recordings, set lists, photographs, zines, posters, flyers, t-shirts and more. They are also interested in artists or fans to provide oral histories.

LUMA Project materials will be preserved for use by the community and other researchers. There also will be curated exhibits and programs to engage the community with this era of Louisville music history.

“The ‘Louisville sound’ from this period was influential beyond the Ohio Valley, so it's of interest beyond our immediate community,” Daniels said.

To donate materials, stop by Flea Off Market, 1007 E. Jefferson St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 8 and 9. Interested donors can contact the LUMA Project organizers at

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