Fonds MsC-119 - John Armstrong fonds

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John Armstrong fonds

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  • Textual records
  • Photographic materials
  • Sound recordings

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  • 1971-[199?] (Creation)
    Armstrong, John

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14.5 cm of textual records and other material

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John Armstrong (Buck Cherry) was born in 1956. He started playing music in 1975 when he quit high school. Armstrong, a singer-guitarist, established the Modernettes, a punk band, in 1980 with bassist, Mary Jo Kopechne and drummer, John McAdams (Jughead) in Vancouver. The first EP is Strictly Confidential. The second EP, Teen City, was a huge success. The final EP is View From the Bottom. The Modernettes completed one album, Get It Straight. The Modernettes was disbanded in 1982. John Armstrong worked for The Vancouver Sun as a reporter and is the author of two memoirs: Guilty of Everything (2001) and Wages (2007).

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Records were in the custody of John Armstrong prior to their acquisition by Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books in 2011.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Modernettes and John Armstrong (Buck Cherry). The fonds is arranged into the following six series: correspondence, newspaper clippings, the Modernettes records, financial ephemera, pins and photographs.

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  • English

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Works in this fonds are under copyright. Researchers are required to secure permission from the copyright holders for usage of this material, except for those covered by fair dealing.

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Includes 14.5 cm of textual records and ca. 178 photographs, ca. 1 negative, 1 cassette, 16 pins.

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Created December 22, 2015. SS

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  • English

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