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Erick Lyle papers

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SCAM Zine Originals

Notebooks

Manuscripts and Notebooks

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Travels

Travels

Artwork and Flyers

Zines

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Zines

Zines

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Erick Lyle papers, 1991-2010 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Steve Hersh and Erick Lyle

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Collection Overview

Title: Erick Lyle papers, 1991-2010Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0449

Creator: Lyle, Erick

Extent: 20.0 Boxes. More info below.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Erick Lyle papers offer a rich history of Miami’s countercultural art and music scenes and grassroots political activity from the 1990’s to the present. Writing under the name Iggy Scam, Lyle has produced a series of classic underground fanzines, called SCAM, that are known internationally in the punk rock scene. Lyle’s writing and archive also provides a fascinating back story to some of the political activity Miami is now known for. With the current wave of home foreclosures that has spread across South Florida, has come a resurgent wave of housing activism. The most well-known activist group in Miami today is Take Back The Land, a group that has gained national media attention for their tactics in helping homeless families move into and squat homes that have been foreclosed across Miami. The Lyle papers show a pre-history of an equally militant though far less organized and coherent group of South Florida squatters and anti-gentrification activists who were attempting similar tactics a generation ago. The papers also document the formation of the city’s first Food Not Bombs, a group that is still active today. The collection of zines, journals, sketchbooks, ephemera and original art work depict contemporary social history as well as Greater Miami’s issues of urban planning, property and housing rights and the responsibility and role of art. Also well documented are Lyle's travels through unconventional methods such as hitchhiking and train hopping.

Biographical Note

Erick Lyle is a writer, musician and activist, originally from the South Florida area. For over 20 years, he has been the writer and editor of the classic zine, SCAM. His work explores a rich subculture of "underground America", where political activism and the punk rock music scene meet. His writing and music brings attention to issues such as rights of the homeless, anti-war and anti-capitalist sentiments, and an anarcho-punk lifestyle of train hopping and squatting. Though no longer based in Miami, Lyle's writing and experience leaves a rich legacy of a lifestyle and culture not commonly documented in the region.

Subject/Index Terms

Housing
Miami (Florida) - History - 20th century
Zines

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 20 boxes

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Separated Materials:

Anonymous. (2002). Evasion. Atlanta: CrimethInc.

Carlsson, Carl. (Ed.). (2004) The political edge. San Francisco: City Lights Foundation.

Lyle, Erick. (2008). On the lower frequencies: a secret history of the city. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press.

Macphee, J. & Reuland, E. (Eds.). (2007). Realizing the impossible: art against authority. Oakland: AK Press.

Related Materials:

Max Rameau Papers (1992 to present)

Archiving the Fringe: Documenting Cultural Activism in Miami

Lyle, Eric. (2010). SCAM: the first four years. Bloomington: Microcosm.

Preferred Citation: Erick Lyle papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Arranged by Steve Hersh under the supervision of Beatrice C. Skokan, Special Collections Librarian (2012).

Finding Aid Revision History: Audiovisual information updated by David Rodriguez, June 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: SCAM Zine Originals],
[Box 2: Notebooks],
[Box 3: Manuscripts and Notebooks],
[Box 4: Newspapers],
[Box 5: Travels],
[Box 6: Travels],
[Box 7: Artwork and Flyers],
[Box 8: Zines],
[Box 9: Zines],
[Box 10: Zines],
[Box 11: Zines],
[Box 12: Correspondence],
[Box 13: Correspondence],
[Box 14: Audio-Visual materials],
[Box 15: Audio-Visual materials],
[Box 16: Audio-Visual materials],
[Box 17: Ephemera and Personal Files],
[Box 18: Photographs],
[Box 19: Objects],
[Box 20: Oversized materials],
[All]

Box 15: Audio-Visual materialsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Audio tape: Los Canadians - Acoustic band practice, 1993Add to your cart.
"Los Canadians acoustic band practice recorded in abandoned Mutiny Hotel on the Coconut Grove waterfront, where band members were squatting."
Item 2: Audio tape: Allergic To Bullshit/Onion Flavored Rings - live tape, 2003Add to your cart.
"From tour with Gainesville band, Bitchin'."
Item 3: Audio tape: Chickenhead - 7" master recording, 1993Add to your cart.
"Master recording used for Chickenhead's 7", 'Everything Must Go'. On DAT format."
Item 4: Audio tape: Chickenhead - Live at Gilman, 1993Add to your cart.
"DAT tape. Features two songs, 'Young Fidel' and 'Teenage Chickenhead' that were recorded live in private session at legendary Berkeley club for release on compilations. 'Young Fidel' appeared on Lookout Records/Kill Rock Stars split LP, 'Slice of Lemon' (1995). 'Teenage Chickenhead' appeared on benefit CD for San Francisco Food Not Bombs (1997)."
Item 5: Audio tape: Chickenhead - Ruin Your Day, 1991Add to your cart.
"Chickenhead song from 1991 demo. For studio mastering of our CD."
Item 6: Audio tape: Chickenhead/fIREHOSE, 1993Add to your cart.
"Cassette from 1993 features Scott's copy of Chickenhead's first appearance on WFMU and the fIREHOSE record 'Ragin' Full On' on the other side."
Item 7: Audio tape: fIREHOSE - Ragin', Full On, 1987Add to your cart.
"Copy of Mike Watt's classic post Minutemen band that I took on my first hitchhiking trip (written about in SCAM #2). A can of spray glue I had brought with me to put up flyers across Florida blew up in my bag and part of my famed Dogs n Sausages shirt became stuck to the tape forever. I was known at the time for wearing this deteriorating shirt every day for several years."
Item 8: Audio tape: Birthday tape from Steve Funyons to Iggy Scam, 1994Add to your cart.
"Features Steve singing Funyons songs on tape for me, spending my 21st birthday in San Francisco. These songs ended up becoming bulk of the first Onion Flavored Rings LP in 2002, when Steve and I started playing music together with me on drums."
Item 9: Audio tape: The Funyons/Hey Schmecky live acoustic show, 1995Add to your cart.
"Live acoustic show in front of laundromat on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Recorded on 4-track by Sir Robert of Kreamy Lectric Santa and the Funyons. Hey Schmecky was a short lived version of Los Canadians with me in the band. I play guitar on this recording. This show written about in SCAM #3."
Item 10: Audio tape: The Hidden Resentments - Hats off to Miss 125th Street, 1996Add to your cart.
"Demo tape of my band with Scott from Chickenhead/Los Canadians and Cinque Adams, the Los Canadians roadie."
Item 11: Audio tape: The Search for the Urban Fisherman, n.d.Add to your cart.
"Tape of me reading 'The Search for the Urban Fisherman' for NPR's 'This American Life'."
Item 12: Audio tape: Jack Palance Band/Joe Smith/The Spades, 1995, 1999, 2000Add to your cart.
"Jack Palance Band live at Blue Angel in Chattanooga (1999), Joe Smith unreleased LP (2000), and The Spades demo tape (1995). Rare classics from The Region. The spades was band of Forest Haye, who overdosed in 1996. Joe Smith featured Cinque on bass. Jack Palance Band featured Buddha, Eric Nelson, Mike Pack."
Item 13: Audio Tape: Miami Bass Pirate Radio, 1997Add to your cart.
"Tape of Miami Bass Pirate Radio Station 88.7 FM made off the radio."
Item 14: Audio tape: Onion Flavored Rings - demo master tape, 2001Add to your cart.
"Features 10 songs, many of which were once placed on Miami streets."
Item 15: Audio tape: Region Rock tape #80, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 16: Audio tape: The Scampler, 2002Add to your cart.
"90 minute tape that came with Ten Year Anniversary SCAM Reissue Pack that featured material by all my bands over the years, including Chickenhead, Hidden Resentments, Onion Flavored Rings, Shotwell, MIami, Horrible Odds, Chaos LR, Ye Olde Buttfuck, The Highlands, the Breakups and Allergic to Bullshit."
Item 17: Audio tape: Steve, 2002Add to your cart.
"Features interview I did with Funyons/Onion Flavored Rings guitarist/singer, Steve Funyons, about playing music on the streets. Interview ran in insert to Onion Flavored Rings LP, 'Used To It'."
Item 18: Audio tape: Stun Guns/The Shaffers - Live on WNYU, 1995Add to your cart.
"From infamous Stun Guns/Shaffers tour of 1994, live at NYC college radio station. Dalton, GA's Shaffers featured Erick Nelson, Mike Pack, later of Chattanooga, TN's Jack Palance Band/Horrible Odds. Tour was formative event of 'The Region'."
Item 19: Audio tape: SCAM 2 1/2: Technical Difficulties from Day One, 1997Add to your cart.
"A 'half issue' of SCAM that was devoted to documenting bands from 'The Region' -- a geographical area ranging from Miami up to Chattanooga, TN and points in between. Features liner notes on insert by me."
Item 20: Audio tape: The Tri-Rails - Fish Demo, 1992Add to your cart.
"Demo of band featuring SCAM co-star Ivy McClelland, Chickenhead drummer, Scott Baldwin, future Los Canadians bassist Timmy Put, and one time Chickenhead bassist Doug the Slug who was also in the first punk band I ever saw at my first show on October 31, 1987.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: SCAM Zine Originals],
[Box 2: Notebooks],
[Box 3: Manuscripts and Notebooks],
[Box 4: Newspapers],
[Box 5: Travels],
[Box 6: Travels],
[Box 7: Artwork and Flyers],
[Box 8: Zines],
[Box 9: Zines],
[Box 10: Zines],
[Box 11: Zines],
[Box 12: Correspondence],
[Box 13: Correspondence],
[Box 14: Audio-Visual materials],
[Box 15: Audio-Visual materials],
[Box 16: Audio-Visual materials],
[Box 17: Ephemera and Personal Files],
[Box 18: Photographs],
[Box 19: Objects],
[Box 20: Oversized materials],
[All]



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