James III 
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Re: “In Memoriam: Bob Holmes, Memphis Punk Pioneer, Dies at 64

I remember Bob from the Modifiers playing Antenna in the first months after we opened in March 1981 (why this article inaccurately continues the false narrative of McGehee as founder is baffling considering that The Flyer has published the real history in past articles, but thats another story). Bob exuded an understated brand of cool , and has left an indelible mark on Memphis Music history.

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Posted by James III on 10/18/2019 at 7:38 PM

Re: “The Antenna and I. Plus Chuck Hutton's 100th, Ave Maria.

Lastly, the brand began as simply Antenna. Not The Antenna or Antenna Club. Had it been either of these, I would have asked David Fisher to reflect that in the logo that I hired him to create when he was a student at the Memphis Academy of Art, and my roommate at the time.

Recent interviews with McGehee and the text in the marker suggests that McGehee has a hand in the concept and creation of the name, but that is entirely inaccurate. That fact has been the impetus behind a flurry of recent discussions in the Antenna Facebook communities, and the real history is also well documented there.

Anyone interested in reviewing a timeline of the early days can do so here https://www.thepetitionsite.com/134/801/78…

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Posted by James III on 10/12/2019 at 1:02 AM

Re: “The Antenna and I. Plus Chuck Hutton's 100th, Ave Maria.

Hi Michael :) even though it was almost 40 years ago, I recall phoning you weekly at the CA to provide the band schedule for your weekend events column. The out of town bands booked at Antenna between March-June 81 included The Fall, The Plimsouls, The Brides of Funkenstein, and Romeo Void. Thanks for all you do for Memphis, I remain a big fan!

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Posted by James III on 10/12/2019 at 12:42 AM

Re: “The Antenna and I. Plus Chuck Hutton's 100th, Ave Maria.

Wow, thats quite a revisionist version of the early days of Antenna. I actually created the brand and hosted Antenna events around town from Oct 1980, opened at 1588 Madison in March 81 and left when Stratton arranged for McGhehee lock me out in June that year. The after 3 weeks version seems to have concocted in support of the inaccurate and misleading information someone provided for the marker. The reality is well documented in past Flyer articles, and in the films, that Antenna was created 8 months prior to McGehees involvement.

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Posted by James III on 10/12/2019 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Alternative History: Antenna Club Gets a Historic Marker

The Antenna origins timeline is shown in the description of this cool video showing the early days. https://youtu.be/763TKDkxXXQ

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Posted by James III on 10/08/2019 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Alternative History: Antenna Club Gets a Historic Marker

Congratulations certainly in order for the legacy that Steve created, but the inception story is lost on the marker.

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Posted by James III on 10/08/2019 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Alternative History: Antenna Club Gets a Historic Marker

Wow, that's a fascinating story about how Steve McGehee came up with the idea and birthed the Antenna. The truthful version is well documented, in the Flyer archives, the Antenna movie and the messages that have been blowing up my inbox over the past few days, from people who were there in the beginning expressing their outrage and disgust about the inaccuracies enshrined on the "historic" marker. I'm ready for the next news cycle.

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Posted by James III on 10/08/2019 at 7:20 AM

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