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Punk Legends Mydolls Take Stage at CAMH

Punk Legends Mydolls Take Stage at CAMH
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Mydolls. Photo: Mydollsmusic

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Storied Houston punk band Mydolls are taking stage this week at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston for a performance and live interview, offering a glimpse into the lives of four esteemed musicians.


Formed nearly four decades ago by Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray, Linda Younger and George Reyes, Mydolls have become established as one of Houston’s most venerated punk bands. In 1980, the group was invited to conduct an on-air interview with BBC Radio 1 host and tastemaker John Peel in London, and in 1984, Mydolls appeared in Wim Wenders’ movie Paris, Texas and were invited to attend the film’s New York City premiere and perform at the afterparty, held at the infamous Danceteria.


The long-time band has played with notable acts including Really Red, The Hates, Wild Bores, Introverts, Plastic idols, Recipients, Party Owls, Degenerates, and Anarchitex, as well as Culturcide, Mark Flood’s “experimental anti-band.” The interview and performance are part of the music-based lecture series 20HERTZ, with this edition held in conjunction with the museum’s current survey exhibition, Mark Flood: Gratest Hits.


Starting at 6:30 pm, the museum will host an interview between Mydolls, Dan Workman of SugarHill Studios, and Nancy Agin D., a graduate student in the Arts Leadership program at the University of Houston. For their presentation, “Mydolls will discuss their nearly four-decade-long career recording, touring, and producing records; their DIY Ethos and cultural impact; and their role as community leaders working to empower women of all ages.” Following the discussion, Mydolls will perform a live concert. Admission is free, but audiences should probably show up early to guarantee a seat.


20HERTZ: A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene takes place at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose) from 6:30 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 28.