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“When Austin Got Weird” Counterculture at the Bullock Museum

published on August 8, 2014

bob bullock museum austinFrom the political capital of Texas to the music capital of the world

Discover the how and when of Austin’s weird roots in the “When Austin Got Weird” exhibit at the Bullock State History Museum. Set to run until September 14, 2014, the daily exhibit explores the artists and music venues that defined the counterculture of Austin in the 1960s and 1970s.

Visitors can reminisce upon famous musicians portrayed through the viewpoint of poster artists, in posters created between 1967 and 1980. Featured musicians include Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Fats Domino, and the Ramones. The exhibit also includes posters for many Texas music favorites, such as Asleep at the Wheel, Sir Doug and the Texas Tornadoes, and Shiva’s Headband.

Clips of music accompany the exhibit, which also showcases poster art of Austin’s iconic music venues, such as Vulcan Gas Company, Armadillo World Headquarters, and Antone’s.

Visitors can bridge modern technology with Austin’s mid-20th-century music scene by listening to podcasts accessed via QR codes. Interviews include famous Texas musicians Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Gary P. Nunn, Jimmie Vaughan, and more.

Keep Austin Weird

While the official slogan, “Keep Austin Weird” was not trademarked until 2000, its roots are on display thanks to archives from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Austin History Center. Twenty nine posters were selected, from artists Jim Franklin, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Burns, Micael Priest, and others.

The exhibit is sponsored by Lone Star, the National Beer of Texas, and displays in the Third Floor Rotunda Gallery of the Bullock State History Museum. Visit the website for more information. Clips of the interviews are available here for online listening.

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