Homecomings: Bobby Hackney Jr. on Rough Francis’ punk-rock legacy


A conversation with Bobby Hackney Jr. about black mourning, resilience, and music.

Note: Our show is produced for the ear. We recommend that you listen if you can! But we also provide a transcript here.

This is the first installment of Homegoings, a special series from Brave Little State that features conversations with musicians of color living in Vermont. Follow the series here as we release new episodes weekly through June 15.

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Who is François Rough?

Francois rough is a punk rock band, originally from Burlington, founded by three brothers – Bobby (Jr.), Urian and Julian Hackney. After learning later in life that their father and uncles were also part of a 1970s punk band in Detroit, Death, the Hackney brothers began their musical journey in tribute.

Stream “Tito’s Revenge” from the Rough Francis 2019 album, Urgent Care:

Musical clip:

Lyrics:

THE VENGEANCE OF TITO WE ARE COMING OUT NOW WE ARE MOVED MORE SHADOW MORE BACKGROUND OUR WORDS WAS NOT CLEAR ENOUGH YOU JUST WALKED ON US NOW WE WALK ON YOU WE HAVE HEARD THE SAME OLD AND OLD LINES AGAIN TIME WE WANT SOMETHING ELSE TIME TO DELIVER WE NEED SOMETHING REAL

Credits:

Report, production & original music: Myra Flynn

Mix & sound design: Myra Flynn & Josh Crane

Digital production: Elodie Reed

Brave Little State Executive Producer: Angela Evancie

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Homecomings is a special series from Brave Little State that features conversations with musicians of color who live in Vermont – about grief, resilience, and black music.

Follow the series here as we release new episodes weekly through June 15.

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