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ITEM — cassette: C 37379 Identifier: C 37346 - C 37816

La Peste; People in Stores, 5/30/1981 ; 5/15/1981. Digital

Scope and Contents

People in Stores (aka PiS) was a Boston-based band from the formative post-punk era of the early 80s. The band performed in the Boston area and elsewhere in New England from 1979-1983. PiS had a uniquely strange and intellectual approach to the crafting of a pop song. Band members were co-founders with other Boston bands of Propeller - the artist-run collective record label. The band recorded a single, an EP and contributed to the Propeller Records compilation tape during its recording days.

Live performance at the Underground in Boston on May 15, 1981, performing with Bush Tetras (from NYC).

David Drucker - guitar, vocals ; Karen Gickas - drums, vocals ; Ken Travers - guitar, vocals ; Margery Meadow - bass ; Sev Coursen - alto sax, percussion.

Scope and Contents

La Peste.

Live performance recorded at The Paradise in Boston on May 30, 1981.


  • Creation: 5/30/1981 ; 5/15/1981.

Conditions Governing Access

The Freedman audio collection is largely inaccessible due to ongoing preservation work. However, digital access copies of some tapes are available; please contact the Loeb Music Library for questions about access.


1 audiocassettes

General note

Side 2 (People in Stores, The Underground):

00:08 - I Turned You In (Drucker) vocals: Karen Gickas

03:20 - White Funk (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker

06:20 - In Reverse (Travers) vocals: Karen Gickas

10:36 - She Shakes Me (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

12:42 - Live In A Dream (Travers) vocals: Karen Gickas

15:30 - Factory (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

19:58 - Cheap Detective (Travers) vocals: Ken Travers

23:20 - Metaphor (Drucker) vocals: David Drucker

26:24 - 54-81 (Gickas) vocals: Karen Gickas

Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

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