Louisville Underground Music Archive seeking materials


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Archivists from the University of Louisville are seeking the sights and sounds of the Louisville rock music scene to fill out their latest collection.

    UofL Libraries faculty from Archives and Special Collections will be at the Flea Off Market on March 8 and 9 to collect materials for the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) Project.

    The LUMA Project documents the history and culture of Louisville’s rock/punk/indie/hardcore music scene from the 1970s through today, with special emphasis on the music of the 1980s and 90s.

    “Records of this kind of pop culture are underrepresented in archives and that history is at risk of being lost,” said Carrie Daniels, director of Archives and Special Collections.

    The LUMA Project welcomes a variety of archival materials including show recordings, set lists, photographs, zines, posters, flyers, t-shirts and more. They are also interested in artists or fans to provide oral histories.

    LUMA Project materials will be preserved for use by the community and other researchers. There also will be curated exhibits and programs to engage the community with this era of Louisville music history.

    “The ‘Louisville sound’ from this period was influential beyond the Ohio Valley, so it’s of interest beyond our immediate community,” Daniels said.

    To donate materials, stop by Flea Off Market, 1007 E. Jefferson St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 8 and 9. Interested donors can contact the LUMA Project organizers at luma@louisville.edu.

    Erica Walsh
    Erica Walsh is the marketing director for the Office of Communications and Marketing. Her job lets her share UofL’s good news in all avenues of communications including UofL Magazine, advertising, content marketing and branding. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast. Prior to her career in higher education communications she was an award-winning newspaper reporter. Red is one of her favorite colors and it’s a good thing, too, because she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and her master’s in communication from UofL.