Sasha Rubel and Pogo Studio Photographs and Papers, 1974-2005
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Brief Description: Consists of audio recordings, photographs, newsclippings, business records, broadsides, correspondence, and memorabilia documenting Urbana-Champaign's local music scene, the work of Pogo Studio, and the musical performances of the rock bands Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets and the Vertebrats between 1968 and 2005.
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: 12/9/134
Created by: Rubel, Natasha (1964-)
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 01/17/2014.
Arrangement: Organized in three series: Series 1, Rubel Family Photographs and Papers, 1974-2005; Series 2, Local Bands, 1983-1989; and Series 3, Recordings, 1968-1993.
Biographical Note for Rubel, Natasha (1964-) : Natasha "Sasha" Rubel was born in 1964 in Champaign, Illinois to Lee A. Rubel, a computer scientist and mathematician at the University of Illinois (1958-1993), and Nina Rubel, who worked as a journalist for the Urbana Courier and News-Gazette between 1958 and the 1990s.  Sasha Rubel earned her Bachelor of Science in Art degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 and her Master of Art in Art Therapy from Chicago's School of the Art Institute in 1990.  Growing up in the Urbana-Champaign community during the 1980s gave her many opportunities to attend rock concerts held at Mabel's, a popular venue for local and regional rock bands such as the Vertebrats and Captain Rat, for which her older brother, Mark Rubel, played bass guitar.  When her fake ID no longer enabled her to get into the popular music venues where these local band played because she was considered a minor, her parents would take turns chaperoning her in these bars.  "My dad would do mathematics in the dressing room, smoking a cigar, with napkins stuffed in his ears to block out the sound, oblivious to the hubbum around him.  For me, I loved the music and the crowd. It was electric."  After completing her Master of Art degree, she returned to the Urbana-Champaign community to pursue her career as an artist.
Subject Index
Music - United States
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Rock Music
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Sasha Rubel  Gift