From Clipped Ads to Captivating Content: The Evolution of Oil Magazine
In this episode, musician and Oil Magazine founder Brad Harvey takes us on a nostalgic journey through the vibrant Quad Cities music scene from the 1970s to the 1990s. Facing economic challenges, locals, including Brad's father, adapted to job losses by opening businesses. This impacted the music scene as commuting hindered support for local musicians.
Despite economic hardships, Brad was deeply involved, playing in bands and establishing Oil Magazine as a go-to source for Quad Cities music news. The publication evolved from clipped ads to extensive articles and interviews with local and national artists.
Brad shares stories of iconic Quad Cities bands like Cheap Trick, revealing the rich history of the local music scene. His book reflects on the personalities and places that shaped this era, offering readers captivating stories and photos. Brad hopes the book sparks interest in establishing a music museum to preserve the area's musical legacy.
While Brad no longer resides in the Quad Cities, his passion for documenting and preserving this history is evident. The interview concludes with reflections on the ever-changing nature of music scenes, but Brad's insights serve as a timeless reminder of music's powerful impact on communities.