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Dennis Lee Askew Papers (MS-00766)


The Dennis Lee Askew papers date from 1966 to 2013 and contain "Rock Talk" columns from the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, posters, photographs, correspondence, audio cassette tapes, one DVD of the "Rock Talk" television special, and newspaper clippings.

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1966 to 2013
bulk 1977 to 1985


0.60 Cubic Feet (1 box, 1 flat file)
2.09 Linear Feet
18 digital_files (0.052 GB (JPG, PDF/A))

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Creator: Den, the Pen

Scope and Contents Note

The Dennis Lee Askew Papers (1966-2013) contain "Rock Talk" columns from the Las Vegas Sun, posters, photographs, correspondence with record companies, cassette tapes, a DVD of the "Rock Talk" television show, and newspaper clippings. Some items are originals, and some are photocopies. Many of the digital files contained in the flash drive are scanned copies of the originals that are present in the collection.

Access Note

Collection is open for research. Arrangements must be made in advance to access digital files; please

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Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.


Materials are arranged in rough alphabetical order.

Biographical / Historical Note

Writer and talk show host Dennis Lee Askew began his career as a lyricist for "The Universe", a rock band that performed in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada during the 1970s. After the group disbanded, he worked for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper where he composed essays, wrote feature stories, and published a weekly column titled "Rock Talk" that publicized information about all the rock and roll groups appearing in Las Vegas. Askew also hosted a live talk-radio program for two years and produced several television specials. In 1985, he left Las Vegas for Southern California. He passed away in 2016.

Related Collections

The following resource may provide additional information related to the materials in this collection:

Askew, Dennis Lee. Interview, 2015 August 28. OH-01212. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

Dennis Lee Askew Papers, 1966-2013. MS-00766. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acquisition Note

Materials were donated in 2015 by Dennis Lee Askew; accession number 2015-088.

Processing Note

Material was processed in 2015 by Joyce Moore. Born-digital materials (SanDisk flash media) were processed by Karla Irwin in 2016.

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