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When I was 14 we were living in the projects on Clinton and Fresno street and I saw the Beatles on tv. It
had a huge effect on me. Whatever it was they were doing I wanted to be a part of it. It started a sunday
night ritual of watching the Ed Sullivan Show just to see the rock bands appear. After many months of
guitar practice I ended up playing in a couple of teenage cover bands in the 60's. My first real gig was at
the Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium in 1966. It was a Battle of the Bands and the name of our band
was Copasetic Copulation, a name I thought up that we quickly dropped by the time we played our second
gig because it was too edgy. That second gig was to be our last and we were billed as Muscle, a name
chosen by our lead singer at the time,
David Urrutia, because none of us had muscles. It was at the
Sunnyside Swim and Raquet Club and was our first-ever paying gig, $35. It's funny how I remember every
well-paying gig and every gig I got stiffed at. After that I played only occasionally into the 70's. But I always
had an acoustic guitar handy and played it from time to time. In the 70s I would jam with
Tom Moore on
3-chord blues progressions from every angle: as one guy played rhythm, the other played lead. Then, next
bar, trade off. That honed our basic guitar chops.

In the late 70's I got a job at Tower Records and that introduced me to record collecting. I built up my
general knowledge of music through countless hours of listening and reading. I eventually joined a new
band that was starting up called
the Subtractions. They were playing this new kind of rock called punk.
Almost no rules except to be punk, whatever that was. Defining it ended up becoming it's main feature.
Sometimes it seemed like it was as many different things as there were people in it.

After brief stints in a couple of punk and new wave bands I finally settled in on a band with my soulmate,
Joceylin in 1981. Our first lead singer, Eric Tsuda thought up the name
Capitol  Punishment. We continued to do this band as it drifted away from punk and into metally hardcore.
Time went by. A lot of time went by. From
'81 to '95 we went through several different lead singers and
drummers. We ended up going on a couple of
US and European tours (got to play at CBGB in NYC in '89)
and played a lot of recording sessions. We put out a variety of records on several different independent
labels.

In 1983 I released our first record on my newly-formed,
Stagedive Records label and continued to release
records over the years to this day. From '85-'92 I operated a brick and mortar record store in Fresno under
the same name. In 2001 I finally joined the digital age and continued to distribute various content online.
All in all it has been good fun. Still playing in a
band, occasional solo performances and always working on
new material and new projects.
Dale Stewart 9JUN2009.
I'm really into politics, history and music.
I have found some of my most inspiring
motivations in life from Democratic policy
and politicians, teachers, pundits and
musicians.You could say I'm a fishing and
hunting Democrat, minus the hunting part
or a Labor Union Democrat only I'm not in
a union. I call myself a moderate Democrat
who has a guitar and an opinion.
Here are some of my recordings:
Funston Terrace Projects Fresno Bee photo                                
From the Projects to CBGBs
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