Touring Athens, Ga., with the B-52s

Southern college city is alternative rock’s hometown

By Steve Hendrix

THE WASHINGTON POST

July 2 — It all began with a cocktail. Just one cocktail. One really enormous punch bowl of a cocktail. And five straws. “I think of it as the Night of the Flaming Volcano,” says Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s. She’s the blond one, with the yearling eyes.

‘There were always eccentrics in Athens, but we took it out onto the streets.’

— KEITH STRICKLAND