The History of Austin: Music Paradise Once Controlled by Gangsters

The History of Austin: Music Paradise Once Controlled by Gangsters

  • The Live Music Capital of the World wasn’t always this way, it once also had a thriving crime scene.

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The History of Austin: Music Paradise Once Controlled by Gangsters

  • The Live Music Capital of the World wasn't always this way, it once also had a thriving crime scene.

Many people call Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World.” A cosmopolitan city of politicians, enlightened college students, and free-thinking citizens, the city sits like an oasis in the heart of the otherwise conservative preferences of the state of Texas. Beloved for its creative edge, it might surprise you to know that this thriving town wasn’t always this way.

In the 1960s, Tim Overton, an ex-college football player, became known as the Godfather, for controlling a gang of unsavory characters from the wrong side of town. Local musicians, lawyers, and politicians became inextricably linked to their illegal activity because they all had a penchant for the same pastimes.

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