TOM HALLEWELL PAPERS
Scope and Contents
The collection spans 1978–1998 and details Tom Hallewell’s professional life in Denver, where he was a zine author (Rocky Mountain Fuse, My Degeneration), music promoter, musician (Slaughter House 5, the Butcherz, Technicolor Fascista, and Iron Age Orchestra), and the North American network leader for Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY). The collection documents Denver’s punk, industrial, and goth music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s; local, national, and international zine culture in the late 20th century; and the ideas of TOPY and others in the occult and magic communities that were published in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Materials consist of concert fliers, postcards, posters, zines, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, news clippings, pamphlets, press releases and kits, contracts, correspondence, drawings, set lists, stage plans, tour schedules, catalogs, liner notes, stickers, booking calendars, and business cards.
This series chronicles Tom Hallewell's involvement in Denver’s punk, industrial, and goth music scenes during the 1980s and 1990s. The bulk of the series’ materials, which includes concert fliers, correspondence, contracts, and press kits, relates to Hallewell’s work as a punk music concert promoter in the early 1980s. Hallewell’s time as a musician with the Iron Age Orchestra (I.A.O.) in the mid-1990s is captured in performance photographs and promotional materials, while his work booking and promoting goth concerts in the late 1990s is documented by press kits and fliers. Materials are arranged by date, with the exception of the band and record label promotional materials subseries, which is arranged alphabetically by name.
The series comprises Colorado, national, and international zines, including Tom Hallewell’s zine Rocky Mountain Fuse. Most material dates from the 1980s and is arranged alphabetically by title. Author and place of publication have been noted when available.
This series contains zines and publications collected by Hallewell while acting as leader of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth’s (TOPY) North American network. Correspondence, which has been arranged by date, details a dispute between Hallewell and Trevor Blake, a former TOPY member, as well as Hallewell’s resignation. Pamphlets published by Zendik Farms, a commune founded by Wulf Zendik in the late 1960s, date from the early 1980s and 1990.
The series is composed of oversize zines and band and event posters.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
The Tom Hallewell Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Biographical / Historical
Tom Hallewell was born in 1962 and moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1975. From 1981 to 1982, Hallewell produced My Degeneration and Rocky Mountain Fuse—two “zines” (self-published magazines) that contained interviews with local, national, and international bands; concert and album reviews; and columns written by Hallewell and others. Hallewell contributed to other zines, including Color Red and Colorado Music Magazine. He began using the moniker “Headbanger” as a byline in the Rocky Mountain Fuse.
In 1982, Hallewell began promoting local and national punk bands under the company title “Headbanger Presents.” In January 1983, he booked the Misfits at the Aztlan Theater, his first promotion of a nationally-known band. From 1982 to 1986, Hallewell booked many national punk and alternative bands, such as the Big Boys, Discharge, the Adicts, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I), Corrosion of Conformity, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, and T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty). He promoted concerts for many local bands, including Child Abuse, the Frantix, and Happy World. Denver music venues at the time included The Dust Bowl (772 Santa Fe Drive), Kennedy’s (2389 Broadway), the Turnverein (1570 Clarkson Street), and the Packing House (Packing House Road), as well as various warehouses and basements. Hallewell also played with bands Slaughter Haus 5, the Butcherz, and Technicolor Fascista during this period.
Beginning in 1985, Hallewell staged a few concerts at One Stop Recycling (5148 Thompson Court), a Denver junkyard. Crash Worship, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Gerechtigkeits Liga, experimental industrial bands that used found objects for musical instruments, played at these concerts. Einsturzende Neubauten’s 1985 performance at One Stop was featured in a three-page article in People Magazine.
Hallewell toured with the band Psychic TV during their 1986, 1988, and 1990 US tours, and with the band Crash Worship in 1996. The 1986 tour with Psychic TV led to Hallewell’s involvement with Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY), a London-based collective for sharing information on art, magic and the occult. Hallewell was the head of the group’s North American network from 1986 to 1991. During this time, he networked with members around the country, gathering and disseminating artwork and zines. Hallewell collected his own writing and the writing of others in zines, which he published and distributed under titles such as CCT and Broadcast. He also wrote several articles for other publications under various pen names including “Coyote 2” and “Coyote 12.”
In the 1990s, Hallewell played with the musical group Iron Age Orchestra (I.A.O.), an outgrowth of his earlier band, Technicolor Fascista. I.A.O. scavenged scrap metal for use in concerts staged in Lower Downtown Denver. I.A.O. also played indoor concerts in coordination with the instrumental band Hound.
In 1997, Hallewell and Stephanie Mullen (writer of the national goth-industrial zine Grimoire) began booking and promoting goth concerts in the Denver area. Tom Hallewell left Denver in 1998. As of 2015, he lives in Washington, D.C.
6 Boxes (5.5 linear feet)
1 Oversize box
2 oversize folders
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Tom Hallewell, 1998.
Number of Boxes: 6 (5.5 linear feet)
Oversize: 1 OVBox, 2 OVFF
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- Chaos music -- Colorado -- Denver -- 20th Century -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Concert agents -- Colorado -- Denver -- 20th century -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Fanzines. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Hallewell, Tom -- Archives.
- Posters. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Promotional materials. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Punk culture -- Colorado -- Denver -- 20th century -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Punk rock music -- Colorado -- Denver -- 20th century -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth -- Archival resournces.
- Zines -- Colorado -- Denver -- 20th century -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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