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An Oral History of the Milwaukee Underground Music Scene. Nearly 3 years worth of interviews with people who where part of the scene.

The Cease is Increase is an Oral History of Milwaukee's punk & alternative music scene, from the 1970's  and 80's.  I have compiled hours of audio interviews with band members, DJ's, music critics, and fans.  As an oral history the story is told in the narrative of the person being interviewed.  All the players in the story have their own unique story to tell.

I'm asking people to support the project through Kickstarter to help pay for things like: Producing the DVD, hiring an Editor; transcribers; graphic artist; a desktop publisher; and web hosting.  Your participation is vital in bringing this vision together to fruition. Without your help the book may never be published!

In addition to the book, I am working with filmmaker, Jerome Fortier, to create an accompanying short film to tie in with the book.  The film will be included with the hardcover edition only.
Groups I have interviewed so far:

  •     Maryland
  •     Death
  •     The Velvet Whip
  •     Mark Shurilla (The Electric Assholes, The Black Holes, Buddy)
  •     In A Hot Coma
  •     The Oil Tasters
  •     The Whigs
  •     The Orbits
  •     The Shivvers
  •     The Prosecutors
  •     The Haskels
  •     The Lubricants
  •     The Girl Scouts
  •     Boy Dirt Car
  •     The Dominoes
  •     Plasticland
  •     The Bob Dublon Five
  •     The Violent Femmes
  •     The Stellas
  •     Manaquin
  •     Sacred Order
  •     The Ama Dots
  •     Colour Radio
  •     The Ken Dolls
  •     The Tense Experts
  •     Voot Warnings
  • More to come with your help!

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    A set of vintage band posters reprints and a pdf version of the book.

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    A signed band promo photograph. (choices available will be emailed to you for you to pick) and a pdf version of the book.

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    A DVD of the film and a .PDF version of the book. Your name listed on the thank you page of the book.

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    A PDF copy of the book a copy of the film DVD and a copy of History in 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982, a compilation CD, and your name on the Thank You page.

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    A signed copy of the published book (which includes the DVD). Signed by the Author, the film maker, and a host of musicians interviewed in the book.Your name on the Thank You page.

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    Put yourself in the film. You will read the introduction and become a part of the story. Your own comments are encouraged, but we will provide a script if needed. And of course a copy of the autographed book and you name at top of the thank you's page.

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