For over a decade, Spencer Wells documented Wisconsin’s independent music scene. From basement noise shows to sold out festivals, a picture emerged of a unique — and genre defiant — musical community. What made Wisconsin’s music scene so interesting? And what common threads existed among artists creating vastly different work?
In Forward, Wells shares photographs of the musicians who best answer these questions. Paired with the prose of the journalists, poets, and musicians who understood their respective influences best, these artists tell the story of a statewide music scene that looked like nothing else. Featured artists include Thomas Wincek, Rory Ferreira, Adelyn Strei, Whilden Hughes VI, Jon Mueller, J.E. Sunde, Christopher Porterfield, Alexander Lloyd Kollman, Thom Fountain, Thax Douglas, David Ravel and Eric Christenson.