Spencer Wells grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended college at UW-Madison. In his free time, he’s always enjoyed attending his local musician friends’ performances and documenting those moments with his camera.
He recently paired those photos with essays in the new book, “Forward.”
In the book’s foreword, Wells suggested that Wisconsin musicians have been able to thrive and create in an inclusive community. “[It’s] across genres, because there wasn’t anywhere else to grow,” he said.
Wells went beyond, what he calls, “metropolitan Milwaukee, liberal Madison and musician-friendly Eau Claire.” He also explored an art festival in rural Janesville, Appleton psych-pop bands like Tenement, and Sheboygan singer-songwriter Cedarwell.
The book features several artists that Wells believes represent an ambition and variety unique to Wisconsin.
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