An early springtime Deep Southern Gen X sampler, from “the lists”

The section in level:deepsouth called “the lists” is for collecting and sharing articles, sound files, videos, and images from Generation X’s early years in the Deep South and from today. Below is a sampler.

A History of the Swimming Pool Qs 

The band, which was formed in 1978, was on the forefront of New Wave in the Deep South. The Qs opened for The Police and were praised by The Village Voice and MTV’s Kurt Loder.

“Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by The Georgia Satellites, from their self-titled 1986 album

This was the band’s only major hit, though a few other songs did break the Top 100 in the late ’80s. This one went all the way to #2 on the charts in 1987. 

What Haunts Us (documentary, 2018)

This latter-day documentary explores the suicides of six members of the Porter-Gaud School’s class of 1979. The film makes connections among the suicides, the elite school in Charleston, South Carolina,  and one charismatic faculty member who had been sexually abusing students. 


Seeking submissions of… (images)

Not everybody wants to sit down and write something. But that shouldn’t stop you from contributing to level:deepsouth, if you want to. The images section is for sharing digitized versions of old photos, flyers from shows, ‘zine covers, artwork . . . One important part of this project is publishing stories about the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s in the Deep South, but there’s also room for photographers and artists to include images of what was going on back then. (And don’t worry about bad hair and embarrassing outfits— we all looked like that.)

To know more about how to submit, check the guidelines.

Seeking submissions of… (festivals)

The editor is seeking submissions of writing and/or images on Southern music and cultural festivals, especially works about attending one of Deep Southern shows from Lollapalooza in the early ’90s or Lillith Fair in the late ’90s. Other large regional festivals would include:

City Stages in Birmingham, Alabama 
June Jam in Fort Payne, Alabama
Georgia Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia
Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana

Some of these listed above went on after the year 2000, and some continue today, but for level:deepsouth, submissions should be about experiences from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Smaller local festivals would include:

Possum Trot Festival in Pinewood, South Carolina
Forked Deer Festival in Jackson, Tennessee
Natchez Trace Festival in Kosciusko, Mississippi

If you have a firsthand story to tell or photos to share, check out the submission guidelines for how to go about sending them in.