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    The idea

    for SXSW

    is co

    nceived whe

    n frie

    nds

    Rola

    nd S

    wen

    son

    and

    Lo

    uis Jay

    Meye

    rs approach

    The first

    "South

    by S

    outhwest"

    festival (and

    conference) is

    held in

    Austin

    , Texas

    . 150

    attendees are

    expected

    More than

    1,500 bands

    apply for

    the festival,

    though only

    about 420

    are chosen

    to play

    23 venues

    during the

    event's four

    nights

    Jour

    nalis

    t Sar

    ah

    Lacy

    's

    wide

    ly pa

    nned

    keyn

    ote

    inter

    view

    with

    Mark

    Zuck

    erbe

    rg

    turn

    s int

    o on

    e of

    the

    first T

    witte

    r "rio

    ts"

    1,98

    7 ba

    nds

    play

    at

    this

    year

    's

    fest

    ival

    it's

    the

    curr

    ent r

    ecor

    d

    More

    than

    a de

    cade

    after

    SXSW

    orga

    nizer

    Loui

    s Bl

    ack c

    alled

    Lou

    Reed

    "dis

    resp

    ectfu

    l" for

    playin

    g a

    com

    petin

    g sho

    w

    in 19

    96, Re

    ed

    keyn

    otes

    A pluc

    ky littl

    e m

    essa

    ging s

    ervic

    e m

    akes

    a big

    splas

    h at S

    XSW:

    Twitte

    r

    For the

    first

    time, the

    SXSW P

    anelP

    icker let

    s the pu

    blic help

    decide

    what pa

    nels

    are

    chosen

    Interac

    tive keyn

    ote spe

    akers in

    clude fo

    unders

    from

    two

    of the In

    ternet's

    most d

    isruptive

    website

    s: Craig

    Newma

    rk of Cr

    aigslist

    and

    Jimmy

    Wales

    of Wikip

    edia

    Futu

    re

    Acad

    emy

    Awar

    d Be

    st

    Pict

    ure-

    win

    ner

    "Th

    e Hu

    rt

    Lock

    er"

    has

    its

    U.S.

    prem

    iere

    Lo

    uis Black

    and Nick

    Barb

    aro, founders

    of the

    alt w

    eekly A

    ustin Chronicle

    , about

    starting a

    music

    festival

    but m

    ore than

    700 show

    up. A

    ccording to

    Black, the

    event w

    ent national

    almost

    imm

    ediately"

    Still overshadowed

    by N

    ew York

    s N

    ew M

    usic Seminar,

    SXSW gets

    its first

    backlash when

    local act

    Ed Hall

    prints SXSW

    SUX T-shirts

    . Next

    year, they

    play

    More than

    200 bands

    from around

    the country

    play 15

    locations, while

    the conference

    itself is

    based out

    of the

    downtown Marriott

    Many elements

    of today

    's SXSW

    are not

    present, but

    one already

    is: the

    closing softball

    tournament and

    barbecue

    First mention

    of "SXSW

    " as

    the conference's

    nickname in

    a major

    U.S

    . publication

    (well done,

    LA Times)

    It seems

    like SXSW

    has always

    had big

    name sponsors:

    This year

    included Pepsi

    and BMI,

    although most

    were still

    from local

    print, TV

    and radio

    The number

    of panels

    triples, to

    60, up

    from 20

    in 1990,

    and the

    number of

    bands rises

    to 500

    Willie Nelson

    delivers a welcome speech in

    stead of a keynote; but he is u

    pstaged by Michelle Shocked

    , who shocks the crowd with

    a controversial speech about

    race

    125 fewer bands play than

    the year before, but the fe

    stival selects

    larger venues

    to forestall overcrowding is

    sues; wise decision, becau

    se attendance rose to a t

    hen-record 3,300

    Taking a s

    afer route

    after Mich

    elle Shock

    ed's con

    troversial

    address,

    the keyno

    te speak

    er is Texa

    s Gov. An

    n Richard

    s

    SXSWs firs

    t year in t

    he Austin

    Conventio

    n Center,

    moving o

    ver from

    the Hyatt R

    egency;

    Sorry

    we miss

    ed this pa

    nel: mock t

    rial imagine

    s Elvis Pr

    esley sui

    ng infamo

    us mana

    ger Col. To

    m Parker

    Johnn

    y Cas

    h, The

    Man in

    Black

    himse

    lf, deliv

    ers

    the

    SXSW

    keyno

    te

    A new

    SXSW

    confe

    rence

    track

    is adde

    d: "Mu

    ltimedi

    a and

    Film"

    After

    their i

    ntrod

    uctio

    n,

    "Mu

    ltimed

    ia an

    d Film

    "

    confe

    renc

    es

    split

    into

    sepa

    rate

    track

    s,

    crea

    ting t

    he

    three

    SXSW

    confe

    renc

    es

    we

    know

    today

    Confe

    renc

    e co

    -fou

    nder

    Louis

    Jay M

    eyer

    s m

    oves

    on

    to lea

    d othe

    r mus

    ic fes

    tivals

    in Lo

    uisian

    a,

    Amste

    rdam

    ...

    and A

    ustin

    too

    but "

    ram

    bling

    "

    spee

    ch

    enco

    urag

    ing

    yout

    hs

    to

    get p

    olitic

    ally e

    ngag

    ed

    This

    is th

    e fir

    st

    year

    for

    SXSW

    's

    annu

    al Ja

    pan

    Nite

    ,

    feat

    uring

    the

    islan

    d na

    tion'

    s be

    st

    pop

    punk

    New

    spap

    er

    critic

    s pa

    n for

    mer

    Nirv

    ana

    bass

    ist

    and

    keyn

    ote

    spea

    ker Kr

    ist N

    ovos

    elic

    's

    "w

    ell-m

    eanin

    g"

    whe

    re

    he

    play

    s 30

    synch

    ronize

    d ca

    r st

    ereo

    s in

    a pa

    rkin

    g ga

    rage

    at

    Seve

    nth

    and

    Braz

    os

    The

    SXSW

    Inte

    ract

    ive

    Web

    Awar

    ds

    is cr

    eate

    d to

    honor

    the

    best

    new

    web

    sites

    and

    innov

    ator

    s sh

    owca

    sed

    at

    the

    fest

    ival

    Ove

    r 2,

    000

    atte

    nd

    one

    of

    Flam

    ing

    Lips

    frontm

    an

    Way

    ne

    Coyn

    e's

    "Pa

    rkin

    g Lo

    t Exp

    erim

    ents

    , F

    ollow

    ing a

    set at

    Steam

    boat

    , co

    nstables se

    rve lo

    cal b

    and

    Bre

    edlove

    with a

    sum

    mo

    ns

    for b

    reach

    of co

    ntract

    . At

    least

    they

    waited

    until

    after th

    e sh

    ow

    Tom

    Waits

    ' prom

    oter is

    severely beaten

    by bouncers

    at La

    Zona

    Rosa;

    Waits

    vows never

    to play

    in Texas

    again (but

    later, he

    does)

    SXSW M

    ultimedia

    is renam

    ed SXSW

    InteractiveInternet

    rock star

    Lawrence

    Lessig speaks

    at the

    Interactive festival,

    while actual

    rock star

    Steve Earle

    keynotes the

    Music

    festival

    So m

    any S

    wedish

    bands play

    at SXSW

    they call

    themselves

    the "new

    Viking invasion

    "

    Earning its

    reputation for

    screening film

    s gone

    wild, SXSW

    Film screens

    Irritu directed

    "hyperlink cinem

    a" epic

    "Amores

    Perros" and

    cocaine saga

    "Blow" starring

    Johnny Depp

    Pete Yorn

    refuses to

    leave the

    La Zona

    Rosa stage

    after his

    allotted tim

    e, even

    after the

    houselights go

    up; the

    band following

    him doesn

    't get

    onstage until

    2 am

    An interview

    with Courtney

    Love

    - billed

    as "one

    on none

    "

    - draws

    the biggest

    crowd ever

    for a

    non-keynote

    Alexandria Pelosi's

    documentary about

    her time

    covering Texas

    Gov. George

    W. Bush

    on the

    2000 campaign

    trail, "Journeys

    with George

    ," debuts

    at the

    festival

    Just days

    before the

    invasion of

    Iraq, SXSW

    competes with

    anti-war protesters

    (as many

    as 7,000

    show up)

    outside the

    State Capitol

    a few

    blocks away

    SXSW Music

    keynoter Daniel

    Lanois isnt

    a household

    name, but

    he should

    be: he

    produced U2s

    The Joshua

    Tree, Peter

    Gabriels So

    and Bob

    Dylans Time

    Out of

    Mind

    Austin police arrest two members of the Latin rock band