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Homegoings: Bobby Hackney Jr. On Rough Francis' Punk-Rock Inheritance

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Photo: Brian Glenny, Courtesy
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Graphic: Elodie Reed, VPR
From left, Bobby Hackney Jr., Urian Hackney and Julian Hackney are all brothers and members of the Burlington-born punk-rock band Rough Francis.

A conversation with Bobby Hackney Jr. about Black grief, resilience and music. 

Note: Our show is produced for the ear. We recommend listening 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 who live in Vermont.  Follow the series here as we release new episodes weekly through June 15.

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Who is Rough Francis?

Rough Francis is a punk-rock band, from Burlington, founded by three brothers — Bobby (Jr.), Urian and Julian Hackney. After learning later in life that their father and uncles were also in a 1970’s punk band in Detroit, Death, the Hackney brothers began their musical journey in tribute.

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

Music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utLpD6P6Fco

Lyrics:

TITO’S REVENGE WE WERE STEPPING OUT NOW WE’RE OUT OF STEP NO MORE SHADOWS NO MORE BACKGROUND OUR WORDS WERE NOT CLEAR ENOUGH YOU JUST WALKED ON US NOW WE’LL WALK ON YOU WE HEARD THE SAME OLD LINES OVER AND OVER OVER AND OVER THIS TIME WE WANT SOMETHING ELSE TIME TO DELIVER WE NEED SOMETHING REAL

Credits:

Reporting, 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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the word homegoings written in white lettering, with a yellow crown over the "m," surrounded by cutouts of black and white lilies and carnations
Credit Elodie Reed / VPR

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

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

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