Who are the pota­toes of the An­te­lope Val­ley?

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tatoes? What are they? What are the peo­ple, places and things that have af­fected en­tire gen­er­a­tions of artists and mu­si­cians in this place?

Pro­fil­ing folks like Lee Mat­alon has been a great start. How­ever, we’re only just be­yond the Earth’s crust. I want to truly get down to the essence of what makes art and mu­sic in this Val­ley tick. I want to search for this the same way Hunter S. Thomp­son searched for the Amer­i­can dream (with­out the drugs and less ho­tel room de­stroy­ing).

I want to keep dig­ging un­til I can fi­nally de­fine it and like Hunter, find the place where the wave fi­nally broke and rolled back.

One place to start is with our com­mu­nity. As strongly rooted in the mu­sic scene as I’ve been, it seems al­most un­fair to as­sume my field of view is the only one.

I want to ex­pand my palette for my own ben­e­fit and the ben­e­fit of this so­cial doc­u­ment that is be­ing cre­ated. I’m reach­ing out to you, the reader. What are the peo­ple, places and things that have re­ally im­pacted the Val­ley?

Con­tact the pa­per via edi­[email protected]­press.com (or per­son­ally reach out if you know me) and feel free to give your sug­ges­tions.

As much as I’d like to paint a por­trait, a col­lage is the best way to doc­u­ment this weird place. This is a place you can’t quite de­scribe un­less you’ve been im­mersed in it.

As lo­cal leg­end Jon Shimer put it, “I’ve toured all around the world. There’s noth­ing quite like Lan­caster, Cal­i­for­nia.”

Get­ting the chance to travel more, I whole­heart­edly agree and want to cel­e­brate it even more.

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