“In those days all you needed were stacks of your indie record to sell or give away and a van with good brakes.”
Jerome Augustyniak, 2004
“I became a sort of precocious Rust-Belt poet, eventually writing and singing about small-town existence, home, familial love, teenage pregnancy and single motherhood, alcoholism, child abuse, illiteracy, corporate greed and even war.”
Natalie Merchant, 2004
“We didn’t have an agent or a manager and we lived on five dollars a day. There were hundreds of people who took care of us—an underground network of bands and college radio people waiting to feed us and provide floor and couches for us to sleep on.”
Dennis Drew, 2004