The ’80s punk rock scene in Bloomington allowed for the popularity of a variety of figures, though one star’s disappearance remains unsolved to this day.
Author David Agranoff, who called Bloomington home during the era of punk rock, has now written a novel based on the disappearance of vocalist Frank Huff and the mysteries of the punk rock scene of that era, according to a release from the author.
The novel, a blending of fiction and fact, was released alongside a 21-minute documentary made by Agranoff on the same topic in early October.
“In the early days of punk rock in Indiana, several pioneering bands popped up in Bloomington and the north side of Indy, but the first band from Greenwood on the south side was a band called The F*ckers,” Agranoff said in the release. “They were trailblazers, and like a shooting star they were gone as fast as they came.”
Huff vanished after a whirlwind tour that took the group through the East Coast and the South. During the tour the band had to steal food and gas to survive as they played small venues.
Agranoff said in the release he met the drummer of the group, who was also accused of Huff’s murder after the disappearance.
According to the release, The F*ckers released one 7-inch record with hand-printed, folded covers and five songs. This 7-inch is now one of the most valuable records next to the Zero Boys’ “Livin’ in the 80’s.”
This work was inspired by a period of time Agranoff still reflects on and was 25 years in the making, according to the release.
“The record was classic early hardcore and kept the spirit alive,” Agranoff said in the release. “Growing up punk in Indiana, the mystery of what happened to Frank was something we always talked about.”
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