When We Were Young and There Were Rats on the Wall: Punk in Austin, the Raul's Years
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The formative years of the Austin punk and new wave scene were creative and impactful times. From the beginning of 1978 through the spring of 1981, a small club called Raul's served as the cornerstone of this innovative movement. Raul's was situated along a section of Guadalupe Street known as "the Drag" on the western edge of the University of Texas. Its proximity to campus and the club's willingness to give any new band a stage on which to perform helped solidify the foundation of a unified, alternative network of fans and musicians.