For a decade I 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, I shared 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.