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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Bands, 1979-2001, undated

Collected Materials, 1980-1996, undated

Austin History Center

Tim Kerr Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Kerr, Tim, 1956-
Title: Tim Kerr Papers
Dates: 1979-2001
Dates (Bulk): 1980-1991
Abstract: Tim Kerr is a musician and visual artist based in Austin, Texas. He has played with such bands as the Big Boys, Poison 13, and Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm. The Tim Kerr Papers contain materials that document these three bands through posters, clippings, t-shirts, and memorabilia. Additionally, collected zines, magazines, and clippings document punk culture, skateboarding, and music in Central Texas in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Accession number: AR.2002.004
Quantity: 4.2 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 qAR box, 1 artifacts box)
Location: Archives Stacks, Artifacts, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Tim Kerr was born March 11, 1956, outside of Galveston, Texas. His father was an elementary school principal and his mother was a school librarian. Kerr was the youngest of three siblings and spent his adolescence surfing and playing guitar. In 1974, he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where he earned a degree in painting and photography. Also in 1974, he performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival playing original acoustic material. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant while studying under street photographer Garry Winogrand at UT.

After college, Kerr became involved in the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk movement. He had started skateboarding when he moved to Austin and in 1979, he and his skater friends formed the Big Boys. The band, which included Randy “Biscuit” Turner on vocals, Kerr on guitar, and Chris Gates on bass, is credited as being largely influential to the hardcore punk scene of the 1980s.

In the mid-1980s, Kerr played in blues/punk garage band Poison 13, and then in the funk band Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm. He has been a member of several bands on such record labels as Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy For The Record Industry, In The Red, Sup Pop, and Kill Rock Stars. Additionally, Kerr produced and recorded bands for those labels and others, both in the United States and abroad.

He also worked for nearly three decades at the University of Texas Libraries as an audio/visual technician, retiring in 2010. His wife Beth has been working for UT Libraries since 1980 in various roles, most currently as the Theatre/Dance Librarian at the Fine Arts Library.

Kerr was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 1996. The Big Boys were inducted in 2017.

Kerr is also a visual artist and his paintings have been exhibited internationally. He has been involved in painting murals in Texas, Nashville, New York, Alabama, and California. In 2015, he had a solo show at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery that traveled to other cities throughout Alabama. He still lives and works in Austin, where he has been actively painting and playing old-time fiddle and Irish music.

Sources

Powell, Austin. “Your Name Here: Tim Kerr’s revolution.” The Austin Chronicle. https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2011-02-25/your-name-here/ (accessed September 12, 2018).

Kim, Eric. “Self-Expression Comes From Within: Interview with Street Photographer, Artist, Musician, and Skater Tim Kerr.” Eric Kim Photography. http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/04/25/self-expression-comes-from-within-interview-with-street-photographer-artist-musician-and-skater-tim-kerr/ (accessed September 12, 2018).

Kerr, Tim. “Kerr-o-graphy.” http://www.timkerr.net/biography.htm (accessed September 12, 2018).

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into two series, documenting three of Kerr’s bands through posters, clippings, and memorabilia, as well as documenting skateboarding, music, and punk culture through Kerr’s collected materials from the 1980s and 1990s. The Bands series contains materials that document the Big Boys, Poison 13, and Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm.

The Big Boys materials are partly chronological with original folder titles describing the materials. Most of these original groupings contain news clippings and zines from that time. The rest of the materials documenting the Big Boys are arranged alphabetically. Included is an article Kerr wrote for Thrasher Skateboard Magazine’s 100th issue in 1989 about the history of the Big Boys. Posters, record designs, royalty summaries and t-shirts comprise the rest of the materials.

The posters and t-shirts date from 1980-1985. Of interest is a 1980 poster illustrated by Kerry Awn for Armadillo World Headquarters when the Big Boys played with Uranium Savages (qAR Box 031/025). Also of note are multiple t-shirts and posters designed by Austin poster artist NOXX (Michael Nott) that document the live recording sessions with the Big Boys and the Dicks at Raul’s Club in 1980. Randy “Biscuit” Turner also designed many of the Big Boys posters.

The Poison 13 documentation consists of clippings, memorabilia, posters, and t-shirts dating from 1984-1995. Of interest is a poster that Frank Kozik illustrated in 1987 for a Poison 13 and Agony Column show at the Texas Tavern. The poster, which depicts a barbequed baby Jesus, resulted in controversy and the Texas Union management eventually canceled the show. Articles about the response to the poster are included in the news clippings. The memorabilia consists of various zines that Kerr kept with Poison 13 material, a small amount of correspondence, and promotional material from record labels.

Material documenting Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm dates from 1985 to 1991 and largely consists of news clippings, though also contains lyrics, set lists, posters, press material, and t-shirts. Of note is a t-shirt made for the 1988 King on Campus MLK Statue Aid event. Bad Mutha Goose played with Javelin Boot and The Lithium Poets during a lengthy campaign to raise money for a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. to be erected on the University of Texas campus. The press materials also contain information about fundraisers Bad Mutha Goose took part in, along with backstage passes, Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm Official Fan Club documents, tickets, and promotional material.

For a detailed list of posters and t-shirts in the collection, see the Artifacts spreadsheet and Posters spreadsheet.

The Collected Materials contain clippings about music, film, local venues, punk culture, and more dating from 1981 to 1993. An undated assortment of collages and/or single pages for zines is included in the collected materials as well, as it is uncertain who created them. There is a very small amount of fliers for other bands and events, as well as a t-shirt created for Texas Shut Up and Skate in 1984.

The bulk of the collected materials consists of zines and magazines dating from 1980 to 1996, mostly created during the 1980s. The zines are arranged geographically by where they were created - in Austin, other Texas cities, national zines, and international zines. The Austin zines are listed out in the detailed description of the collection. Nine issues of the Los Angeles produced Flipside Fanzine are arranged separately and were kept to document Kerr’s interests in punk culture and music. Likewise, copies of music magazines and Thrasher Skateboard Magazine help in documenting Kerr’s interests as well as the events of that era.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into two series:


  • Bands
    • Big Boys
    • Poison 13
    • Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm
  • Collected Materials

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kerr, Tim, 1956-.
Turner, Randy "Biscuit", 1949-2005.
Kozik, Frank.
Gates, Chris.
Collier, Steve.
Murray, Greg.
Schultz, Fred.
Washam, Rey.
Anderson, Bill.
Pringle, Bill.
Dedeaux, Alvin.
Scott, Byron.
Ridley, Denia.
Nott, Michael.
Awn, Kerry.
Subjects (Organizations)
Big Boys (Musical group).
Black Flag (Musical group).
Butthole Surfers (Musical group).
Delta (Musical group).
The Dicks (Musical group).
Electros (Musical group).
F-Systems (Musical group).
Inserts (Musical group).
Jerrys Kids (Musical group).
The Judys (Musical group).
Marching Plague (Musical group).
Minor Threat (Musical group).
The Offenders (Musical group).
The Pods (Musical group).
Sharon Tate's Baby (Musical group).
Armadillo World Headquarters.
Club Foot (Austin, Tex.).
Texas Union (Austin, Tex.).
Liberty Lunch (Austin, Tex.).
Raul's Club (Austin, Tex.).
Skyline (Austin, Tex.).
Subjects
Punk rock music--Texas--Austin.
New wave music--Texas--Austin.
Punk culture and art.
Popular music--Texas--Austin--Posters.
Posters, American--Texas--Austin--20th century.
Punk rock music--Texas--Austin--History.
Poster art.
Zines.
Fanzines.
Skateboarding.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Songs and music.
Dallas (Tex.).
Fort Worth (Tex.).
Houston (Tex.).
San Antonio (Tex.).
Document Types
Posters.
Fliers.
Correspondence.
Fanzines.
Magazines.
T-shirts.
Clippings.
Memorabilia.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 781.66 TI Temporary Services, Tim Kerr. 2008.
  • A 741.6740976 WI V1 Chris Wing, Big Book of Austin Punk-era Posters and Images. 2003.
  • A 751.73 EN David A. Ensminger, Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation. 2011.
  • A 779.9782421 GO Mark Goodman, Big Boys Dicks. 2015.

Recordings


  • A CD ROCK BIG Big Boys (Musical group), The Fat Elvis. 1993.
  • A LP ROCK BIG Big Boys (Musical group), Lullabies Help the Brain Grow. 1983.
  • A LP ROCK BIG Big Boys (Musical group), Industry Standard. 1981.
  • A LP ROCK BIG Big Boys (Musical group), Fun, Fun, Fun. 1982.
  • A MA R4306 Big Boys (Musical group), Live at Raul's. 1980.
  • A LP ROCK BIG Big Boys (Musical group), No Matter How Long the Line Is at the Cafeteria, There's Always A Seat. 1984.
  • A CD MA HENT 2149 Meg Hentges, Afterlaugh. 1994.
  • A CD MA HENT 5781 Meg Hentges, Tattoo Urge. 1992.
  • A MA R4304 Poison 13 (Musical group), First You Dream. 1985.
  • A MA R3354 Poison 13 (Musical group), Poison 13. 1984.
  • A MA R4297 Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm (Musical group), Be Somebody ; One Man One Vote ; Jump the Funk ; Be Somebody. 1987.

Periodicals


  • All the Rage
  • Duck Butter
  • Fat Kid 2
  • TimeBomb Zine
  • Xiphoid Process

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Kerr, Tim
  • AF Subject - Turner, Randy "Biscuit"
  • AF Subject - Raul's S0300(42)
  • AF Subject - Big Boys M9300(B)
  • AF Subject - Bad Mutha Goose M9300(B)

Archives & Manuscripts


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Separated Material

Periodicals


  • Austin Chronicle, Vol. VI, No. 13, March 13, 1987
  • Austin Chronicle, Vol. II, No. 14, March 4, 1983
  • Austin Chronicle, Vol. I, No. 25, August 6, 1982

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tim Kerr Papers (AR.2002.004). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2002/017

Donation Date: 2002, 2003

Processing Information

Collection arranged and finding aid created by Kelly Hanus in September 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Bands, 1979-2001, undated

Big Boys, 1979-2001, undated
Box Folder
2 1 "The Beginnings!", 1978-1980
2 "Frat Cars Big Boy/Dicks era", 1980-1981
3 "Fun Fun Fun", 1982
4 "Lullabys" period, 1983-1984
5 "No Matter How Long" period, 1985-1988
Box Folder
6 1 Article for Thrasher's 100th issue, 1989
Box Folder
2 8 Clippings, 1981, 1993-2001
Box Folder
1 1-8 Posters, 1979-1984
Location BoxItem
qAR 31/001-030, 068, 090 Posters, 1980-1985, undated
Box Folder
2 6 Record and CD designs, memorabilia, 1980s
7 Royalty summaries, 1996
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 113/001-025 T-shirts, 1980s
Poison 13, 1984-1995, undated
Box Folder
3 5 Clippings, 1984-1995
6 Memorabilia, 1986-1995
7 Posters, 1984-1988
Location BoxItem
qAR 031/031-037 Posters, 1985-1987, undated
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 113/026-027 T-shirts, 1980s
Bad Mutha Goose and the Brothers Grimm, 1985-1991, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Clippings, 1986-1991
2 Lyrics, writings, set lists, undated
3 Posters and fliers, 1985-1986, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 031/040-67, 069-087 Posters, 1987-1991, undated
Box Folder
3 4 Press materials, 1988-1991
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 113/029-033 T-shirts, undated

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Collected Materials, 1980-1996, undated

Box Folder
3 8 Clippings, 1981-1993
9 Collages, zine pages, 1980s
10 Posters, fliers, 1980s
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 113/028 Texas Shut Up and Skate t-shirt, 1984
Zines and Magazines, 1980-1996, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Austin zines (Bowling for Trout, Cretin Bull, Definitive Bulletin, Detour, Duck Butter, Idle Time), 1982-1988, 1996, undated
2 Austin zines (Microcosm, Skin and Bones, Western Roundup, Wrestler's Digest, Xiphoid Process), 1980-1983, undated
3 Texas zines, 1980-1983, 1990-1993
4 National zines (A-L), 1983-1986, 1990-1991, undated
5 National zines (M-N), 1982-1989, undated
Box Folder
5 1 National zines (O-Z), 1980-1984, undated
2 National zine - Flipside Fanzine (no. 20, 31, 32, 34, 36), 1980-1982
3 National zine - Flipside Fanzine (no. 54, 59, 60, 67), 1987-1990
4 International zines, 1982-1983, 1993-1994
5-6 Music magazines, 1981-1995
Box Folder
6 3 Thrasher Skateboard Magazine, 1982-1991

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