Margaret Moser Tribute: Jesse Sublett

When the Queen calls, you come


Photo by Kevin Curtin

Even in 1977, the smart ones knew Margaret was the best fan you could ever have. If she thought you were cool, that was it. You were cool.

January 1978: At the Sex Pistols show in San Antonio, Eddie Muñoz and I give Margaret big, sloppy hugs and say, "We've got a new punk band called the Skunks. We're playing Raul's in two weeks." Next Friday, Margaret blurbs us. Our first press!

Early February 1978: Some pervert comes out to interview the Violators, Austin's all-girl-but-me punk band. He keeps asking Kathy Valentine and Carla Olson if they like orgies and stuff. It was a different time, one that Margaret was way ahead of. She writes us up two weeks later. Respectfully.

Late February 1978: The Skunks are playing some crappy club in San Antonio, and I've got the rough draft of a catchy new song with trash talk lyrics – sorry! – and the chorus, "You're a pretentious girl." Margaret and Dayna [Blackwell] are dancing, smiling, yelling all night. Others throw shit at us. After the gig, Margaret says, "We love that new song!" so I know it's a hit. Next day, I change it to, "You're just a cheap girl." History, dude.

Summer 1979: For the Skunks' first gig at CBGB, Margaret flies to NYC just to be there, see Jon Dee Graham on Godzilla guitar. The Skunks later play Margaret's first wedding reception. Very, very prestigious. Like being invited to play for the Queen.

Now: Margaret wants "Cheap Girl" at her funeral reception. Done. When the Queen calls, you come.

  • Margaret Moser Tribute: Leader of the Pack

    The importance of being Margaret Moser as told to 23 of her peers, mentors & protégés
  • Susan Antone

    “If I could do in my lifetime half of what she’s done, I’d be a happy person”

    Marcia Ball

    “She’s a music writer who writes to enlighten”

    Lou Ann Barton

    The blues belter on what it's like to have your career chronicled by the best

    Ray Benson

    Soap Creek Saloon on a 10-cent tequila night

    Alice Berry

    On the Texas Blondes: “We were just cute girls who liked cute bands”

    John Cale

    Velvet Underground co-founder on first meet: “Up walks a petite blonde with all the swagger of someone 10 feet tall”

    Alvin Crow

    Summer camp with the kids

    Joe Doerr

    Pulling out a seat at Austin music’s banquet table

    Joe Ely

    “She always stirred up whatever trouble there was”

    Roky Erickson

    On Margaret’s personal and passionate way of writing about music

    Alejandro Escovedo

    “Her love for the Velvet Underground and John Cale was the same as I had”

    Rosie Flores

    “Austin wouldn’t be Austin if it wasn’t for Margaret”

    Gary Floyd

    Promoting punk, Austin, Texas-style

    Denny Freeman

    Remembering that “little blues cult”

    Chris Gates

    The power of print – and a 20-inch dildo

    Eliza Gilkyson

    The best advice she ever received? Keep your dogs clean.

    Jon Dee Graham

    A champion of Austin music – and Austin music writers

    Emily Gimble

    “She’s such a positive force in the world”

    Warren Hood

    “She’s the coolest, hippest lady”

    Tamir Kalifa

    Mother Falcon's mama bear
  • Barbara K

    The power of music for fixing things and opening hearts

    Chris Layton

    Antone’s, 1979: Hurricane Margaret blows in

    Paddy Moloney

    "You felt you were in safe hands with Margaret"

    Jason McMaster

    “She’s as metal as anyone – maybe even more”

    Augie Meyers

    “You can’t replace Margaret. There’s no more people like her.”

    Eve Monsees

    The confidence booster

    Derek O'Brien

    A great writer, and a great partier, too

    Rose Reyes

    “She was the leadership in Austin journalism that made sure women, Latinos, blacks, and youth weren’t overlooked”

    The Rolling Stones

    That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

    Shawn & Shandon Sahm

    Beautiful Texas sunshine

    Larry Seaman

    “I don’t want to be greedy, but I want a little more time”

    Charlie Sexton

    The United Nations of Margaret

    Jeff Smith

    The case for San Antonio as the true heart of Texas music

    Angela Strehli

    “Margaret was always exuberant, cherubic, and mischievous simultaneously”

    Tiarra Girls

    “She will always be such an important part of our story”

    Kathy Valentine

    Right place, right time, right woman to share the joy with

    Jimmie Vaughan

    “Everything back then felt like us versus them – and she was one of us”

    Patricia Vonne

    Shine a light

    Monte Warden

    The career kick-starter

    Lucinda Williams

    The life of the party

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Margaret Moser, Jesse Sublett, The Skunks, Eddie Muñoz, Raul's, Violators, Kathy Valentine, Carla Olson, Dayna Blackwell, CBGB, Jon Dee Graham, Cheap Girl, Margaret Moser Tribute

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