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Plus 1 Athens
By: Henry H. Owings - Chunklet Industries, $49.99

Description: Athens, Georgia. Home to the Bulldogs, but also home to one of the most legendary music scenes in the world. For the first time, the city’s legacy is studied.

From 1967 all the way to 2002 and everywhere in between, name the Athens band and they’re in it.

Over 130 flyers are shown in full color along with essays, and even a map to show where all the fun was in Athens.

Published by Chunklet Industries and helmed by Henry H. Owings, this is love letter to an important music scene.

Verdict: In what is an incredible flashback insight into both a concert going journey along with the visual memorabilia from those very same days to help aid the readers enjoyment, among the venues documented here within the mighty array of pages of Plus 1 Athens are 40 Watt Club, Between the Hedges, Legion Field, The Last Resort, Sparky’s, Rockfish Palace, Middle Earth, Allen’s Hamburgers, The Exsirience, The High Hat, The Grit, The Globe, and amongst others both the Georgia Theatre and O’Malleys … and then there are the places you’ve never heard of!

Author and collator Henry H. Owings has also included a handy two-page index listing the addresses of all of the venues, should you not quite recall their locations, or better still, wish to check them out today (should they still be standing, of course).

But lest we forget about the bands and artists that Owings took the time to go see, to breathe in their collective musical air, for along with a formidable line up of musical talent to behold here, what really stands out are the genuine, and some times artistically created on a dime early show posters and listings for some of Georgia’s finest.

And that list includes but is most definitely not the whole sum of the bands and artists such as: The Police, Guided By Voices, the B-52’s, R.E.M., Pillars of Talent, The Drastics, The Pigs, et al.

Oh, and there’s also unearthed material meticulously scanned from the likes of Lamb Putty, The Fabulous Jesters, Little Tigers, The Side Effects, Beekeeper, Space Cookie, Dr. Cup-N-Dirt, Chainsaw Mudd Puppies, Descendents Crack, and man oh man, so many others that it practically boggles the mind!

Indeed, and with material culled from over 300 individual collections (and even a few from the author’s own personal garbage, thank you very much, kind sir), Plus 1 Athens is a beastly group effort, and it shows.

Along with a foreword by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, an introduction by publisher Henry H. Owings himself, and an afterword by Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, the book features essays from Michael Lachowski and Vanessa Hay of Pylon, and Arthur Johnson from the Bar-B-Q Killers.

In closing, Plus 1 Athens is the kind of book that you wish, as an average concert goer for the past 30+ years or as a journalist sent to view shows for a living (hence the Plus 1 of the title), that you yourself had thought of putting together for your own keepsake memories!

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