tidbits, fragments, and ephemera 12

tidbits, fragments, and ephemera is a usually weekly but not always, sometimes substantial but not making any promises glimpse at some information and news related to Generation X in the Deep South.


Birmingham radio station WAPI changes format, August 1981

About the same time that MTV was coming on the air, Birmingham’s “95 Rock” came into being after a format change to “album rock” from lighter listening.

“In Viral Bumper Sticker, Man Summed Up 1991 Governor’s Race,” July 17, 2021

This US News article from 2021 looks back at a Louisiana man named Kirby Newburger, whose unorthodox message to voters in the 1991 governor’s race was memorable: “Vote for the Crook: It’s Important.” Newburger was trying to support the election of Edwin Edwards, regarded by some as corrupt, over the openly racist David Duke.

“Mississippi Governor Bans Same-Sex Marriage,” August 24, 1996

Twenty five years ago this month, The New York Times was reporting that Mississippi’s governor Kirk Fordice had “issued an executive order banning same-sex marriages in the state in a move he said was intended to strengthen the state’s existing anti-sodomy law while a legal review of the issue is proceeding in the courts and in Congress.” The last paragraph of the article states: “The intended effect of the Governor’s executive order is to prevent county clerks from issuing marriage licenses for people of the same sex, and to invalidate in Mississippi such licenses issued by other states.”

The release of Charlie Daniels, 1971

It was fifty years ago that Charlie Daniel’s self-titled debut album was released. Though his more memorable hits, like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” would come later, Daniels was hailed as a pioneer of the new Southern rock genre. To put it in perspective, debut albums by both Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band came out two years later in 1973.


level:deepsouth is an online anthology about growing up Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The anthology is open to submissions of creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, and reviews) and images (photos and flyers), as well as to contributions for the lists.

tidbits, fragments, and ephemera 8: the record store edition

tidbits, fragments, and ephemera is a usually weekly but not always, sometimes substantial but not making any promises glimpse at some information and news related to Generation X in the Deep South.


“Alabama record stores of the past: gone but still loud” on al.com

This article, published in November 2018, shares stories about now-closed Alabama record stores, like Vinyl Solution Tuscaloosa and Wild Man Steve’s in Auburn.

Criminal Records, Little Five Points in Atlanta

From the website: “Established in 1991, Criminal Records is a locally-owned and independently operated record store located in the in-town neighborhood of Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia.”

“Charlemagne Record Exchange closing after 42 years,” on al.com

Birmingham, Alabama’s Charlemagne was located in an upstairs storefront in the Little Five Points district near downtown.

What was the go-to record store where you lived? Post the store name and city in the comments below.


level:deepsouth is an online anthology about growing up Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The anthology is open to submissions of creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, and reviews) and images (photos and flyers), as well as to contributions for the lists.

An almost summer 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, web links, and images from Generation X’s early years in the Deep South and from today. Below is a sampler.

Epitome Community Coffee Museum and Purple Circle in Tallahassee, Florida (Facebook group)

One of the stories on level:deepsouth that has been visited most often is William Nesbitt’s “At the Epitome,” which is his reminiscence of a popular coffee shop and hangout in Tallahassee, Florida. For those who might be interested, there’s also a Facebook group that shares memories from there.

The Jupiter Coyote Story (January 6, 2021)

The rock/blues/country/jam band Jupiter Coyote started in Macon, Georgia before moving to North Carolina, and put out several popular albums in the 1990s. This four-hour radio show shares some of their music and tells their story.

Toad Suck Daze

The events page is new to “the lists,” and it contains information on the festivals that GenXers grew up going to in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. From that new list, Arkansas’s Toad Suck Daze was founded in 1982 and continues today.


To find out how to contribute to “the lists,” check the submit page.