I grew up in Denver and became involved in the punk scene in 1982. A group of friends and I formed a band in 1983 and played our first show in 1984. Eventually, I became involved in promoting shows (1987-92) and started a record label, Donut Crew Records (1988-1991), to document current Denver area bands of the time. In short, punk and hardcore music from that era have always been my passion.
In 1996, I started gathering fliers and talking to people intending to write a book documenting the Denver Punk Scene. The idea was shelved for almost a dozen years. This project has been re-awakened by losing a handful of friends from the scene. I had to decide whether it was now or never. I dusted off a handful of old stories, started making art, and reconnected with old friends. Thus far, it has been an incredible journey.
My intention with the project is to document a time that was important in Denver's cultural evolution. Overall, there is a vacuum regarding the recorded history of underground music and culture in Denver. The project thus far has captured the climate of the early-to-mid-eighties through storytelling and art. Denvoid and the Cowtown Punks isn't attempting to be the defining word in Denver's rich punk history; it is simply an introduction, as we all have our own story to tell.
What makes Denvoid and the Cowtown Punks a different kind of punk history book is its fusion of writing, art, and collected artifacts. I have turned photographs into expressive brush and ink drawings and oil paintings that emulate the subject's energy. I have created more than 100 of these images.
Denvoid and the Cowtown Punks was released in the fall of 2015. The follow-up, Colorado Crew: Denvoid Part 2 (co-author Sonny Kay) was released in the fall of 2019.