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Punk Paradise Lost

 

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"When we pulled up, twenty young people scattered out the back door, along with a number of dogs," Savoni says. "One police officer went to the front door and asked everybody to leave, while Milt and I went around to the back.

"We entered the house and walked through. The house was very messy and filled with debris. There was graffiti on the walls. The upstairs plumbing did not appear to work. There was bedding in the basement. There was bedding in the attic. There appeared to be people living in the garage. The house was only to be occupied by six people, and there were definitely more than six people living there.

"Based on all these violations," says Savoni, "we determined the house needed to be vacated and posted immediately." Both 715 Miller and the already vacant house next door at 713 were boarded up that afternoon. And Ann Arbor's punk music scene mourned.

For ten years, the two houses had been an ad hoc artists' collective. The ever-changing cast of characters included glassblowers, circus performers, and a road-kill taxidermist, but the baselines were youth and music. A couple of times a month, hardcore bands would thrash the night away in the living room of 715. Residents documented the shows with a meticulous entry on punkopedia.com, a printed zine, and a MySpace page with 583 friends.

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