Poster Children and Salaryman Bands Records, 1986-2009
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Brief Description: Consists of business records, photographs, news clippings and magazine articles, press kits, correspondence, audiovisual recordings, posters, original art work, reviews, tour reports and travel logs, t-shirts, and memorabilia documenting the performances, operation, management, and sound recording production of the Midwest indie rock bands Poster Children and Salaryman, and the operation and management of 12 Inch Records between 1986 and 2009. Highlights include a copy of co-founder Rose Marshack's online tour diary, early interactive CD's, and Poster Children's 1992 Warner Brothers recording contract, that marks the growing success of a midwest indie band.
Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at]
Record Series Number: 26/20/193
Created by: Poster Children (1987-)
Volume: 15.8 cubic feet
Acquired: 06/03/2014.
Arrangement: Organized in three series: Series 1, Publicity, 1986-2009; Series 2, Audiovisual Materials and Photographs, 1987-2004; and Series 3, Administrative Records, 1987-2007. Series 1 consists of four subseries: Subseries 1.1, Magazines, 1987-2005 ; Subseries 1.2, Newsclippings, fan mail, and ephemera, 1986-2007; Subseries 1.3, Posters and flyers, 1989-2009; and Subseries 1.4, T-shirts and Backstage Passes, c.1991-2000.
Biographical Note for Poster Children (1987-) : The band Poster Children was formed in 1987 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when Rick Valentin (guitar) and Rose Marshack (bass) met Shannon Drew (drums). Over the next seventeen years the band, under the leadership of Valentin and Marshack, produced eleven different studio recordings of alternative rock, indie rock, punk rock, and post-hardcore rock music including Toreador Squat (1988), Flower Plower (1989), Daisychain Reaction (1991), Tool of the Man (1993), Junior Citizen (1995), RTFM (1997), New World Record (1999), DDD (2000), and No More Songs About Sleep and Fire (2004). The band's "do it yourself" work ethic was reflected in its members' wish to drive their own tour bus, create their own artwork and t-shirt designs, and operate their own record label, 12 Inch Records (also given on some releases as Twelve Inch Records). The band also pioneered the development of several new forms of electronic performance art including enhanced CDs, webcasts, and social-networking blogs, before these technologies were adopted by commericial sound recording companies. In addition, Poster Children also toured internationally in Europe in 1996 to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Denmark. Beginning in the late 1990s Rick and Jim Valentin, Rose Marshack, and Howie Kantoff joined forces to form the band, Salaryman, and released the first of three studio recordings, Salaryman, in 1997, Karoshi (1999), and The Electric Forest (2006). The CD Future Form of Intelligence (2008) was incorrectly attributed to Salaryman by the website .
Subject Index
Champaign, Illinois
Concert tours
Kantoff, Howie
Marshack, Rose
Music - United States
Music business
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Rock Music
Rock musicians United States
University of Illinois
Valentin, Jim
Valentin, Rick
Genres/Forms of Material
Sound Recordings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
German [ger]
French [fre]
Acquisition Notes: Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack  Gift
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