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Mats Sexton B-52's memorabilia collection

Mats Sexton B-52's memorabilia collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mats Sexton B-52's memorabilia collection
Creator: B-52's (Musical group)
Inclusive Dates: 1977-2017
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 Linear Feet
Collection Number: ms4110
Repository: Hargrett Library
Location: The skateboard designed by Cindy Wilson is housed off-site at Main Library Storage. Contact Hargrett Library to request this item.

Collection Description

Historical Note

The B-52's are a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. They are known for incorporating new wave, postpunk, surf music, bouffant hairstyles, and thrift store chic into their style and sound.The original members consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals, percussion, keyboards), Kate Pierson (organ, bass, vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals, bongos, tambourine, guitar), Ricky Wilson (guitars), and Keith Strickland (drums, guitars, synthesizers, various instruments). After Ricky Wilson's death in 1985, Keith Strickland switched to playing guitar full-time. The band played their first concert in 1977 at a Valentine's Day party.

The band gained early success with their first single, "Rock Lobster," and their self-titled debut album was released in 1979. The band released a string of popular albums in the 1980's, culminating with their mainstream breakthrough Cosmic Thing in 1989, featuring the hits "Love Shack," "Roam," and "Dead Beat Club." The B-52's still record and tour occassionally.

Scope and Content

Consists of memorabilia from 1977 to present day, pertaining to the musical group, The B-52's, from Athens, Georgia. Includes autographed memorabilia, multiple vinyl copies of the groups first single, "Rock Lobster/52 Girls," and scrapbook materials pertaining to the band and their fan clubs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mats Sexton B-52's memorabilia collection, ms4110, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Band music -- Georgia -- Athens.
Music -- Georgia -- Athens.
Musicians -- Georgia.
Pierson, Kate
Popular music.
Schneider, Fred (Frederick W.), 1951-
Strickland, Keith J., 1953-
Wilson, Cindy, 1957-
Wilson, Ricky H., 1953-1985

Related Collections in this Repository

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Framed "Bouncing off the Satellites" poster - autographed by Cindy Wilson and Fred Schneider, Undated
2Framed "Rock Lobster/52 Girls" 45 vinyl with vinyl sleeve autographed by Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland, Circa 1978
MLSSkateboard with artwork designed by Cindy Wilson - autographed by Cindy Wilson, Undated
11Eight "Rock Lobster/52 Girls" 45 vinyls, 1978
11Three sleeves for "Rock Lobster/52 Girls" 45 vinyl, 1978
11"There's a moon in the sky (called the moon)" 45 vinyl, 1979
11Limited edition picture discs for "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire", 1979
12B-52's fan club scrapbook
13-5Fan club newsletters, 1981-2000
2Poster for the B-52's at the Fox Theater, 2008
1B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1977-1979
2B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1979-1980
3B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1981-1985
4B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1985-1989
5B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1990-1991
6B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1992-1994
7B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1995-1997
8B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 1998-1999
9B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 2000-2003
10B-52's memorabilia scrapbook, 2004-Present