Anthony ” Tony Offender ” Johnson (1957-2012)

Guitarist, historian, father. Tony Offender developed a unique punk guitar style and sound as a founding member of the Offenders, formed in 1978 in Killeen, Texas, and moved to Austin in 1980. Blending punk, hardcore, and metal, they became known as a Texas original in the world of punk and hardcore. Tony was inspired by the classics of the hard and fast rock ‘n’ roll of the seventies, but it was not hard or fast enough for him. He played his guitar while working at an independent record store in Killeen, and was struck and inspired by what became known as punk rock. Punk politics and fashion were not an interest to Tony, as he put it, trying to be ‘punk’ didn’t seem to be very punk. And said that the band was about advancing music and exploring musically with limited musicianship. With two LPs, numerous singles, and having criss-crossed the country with tours, they made an undeniable mark in the national world of hardcore. They disbanded in 1986. Tony continued to play in bands until 2012. Tony was also a dedicated Civil War re-enactor and member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Past Commander of Camp #59.

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