For immediate release
July 14, 2005
Before anyone wanted to “Keep Austin Weird,” Austin’’s underground newspaper, The Rag, put Austin on the counter cultural map, publishing from 1966-1977. Events that capture the creative energy of Austin’s underground newspaper are scheduled for September 1-4 to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the founding of The Rag.
The Rag Reunion events will include a photography exhibit featuring Rag photographer Alan Pogue’s collection, a reunion of former Ragstaffers, an art exhibit of psychedelic graphics from The Rag and a music extravaganza at Threadgill’s World Headquarters Beer Garden, featuring bands from the Rag era.
Backward Through the Fog: RAGfotos
Rag Art Show
Rag Mama Rag Concert
The Rag Reunion weekend will kickoff with a retrospective photography exhibition by award-winning Austin photographer and former Ragstaffer Alan Pogue. The exhibition, for those who remember the famous Oat Willie battlecry “Onward through the Fog” is entitled “Backward Through the Fog: RAGfotos”. An opening reception will honor Pogue’s work. The Melancholy Ramblers will perform and lead a sing-a-long of protest and labor songs at the reception, Thursday, September 1, 6-10 p.m. at the Old School, 1604 East 11th St.
Friday, September 2, local artist Kerry Awn will host a commemorative Rag art exhibit. The reception will feature music by The Tommy Hall Schedule, 7:09-10 p.m., at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture; 1516 B S. Lamar Blvd.
A reunion of Ragstaffers will be held September 3-4. Former Ragstaffers have compiled a list of over 140 former artists, writers and poets who published in The Rag during its eleven years in print. The first gathering of its kind, over 50 former staffers plan to attend.
The weekend highlight will be a Rag Mama Rag music extravaganza featuring music from the heyday of the Austin 70’s music scene: Uranium Savages, Freddie Steady 5 and Shiva's Headband. Saturday, September 3; 8 p.m.-12 midnight at Threadgill's World Headquarters Beer Garden, 304 W. Riverside Dr., $5 cover.
First 12 issues of The Rag are available online.