Jake Austen

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Jake Austen is a Chicago zinester and musician. He is the publisher of the long-running music zine Roctober.

Austen is co-producer (and chief puppeteer) for the cable variety show "CHIC-A-GO-GO."

CHIC-A-GO-GO is an all-ages dance party modeled after Sixties television programs such as "American Bandstand" and "Kiddie-A-Go-Go." The program is hosted by Miss Mia (a human) and Ratso (a Straight Edge rat puppet). Ratso also appears as a regular character in Austen's Punk'n Head comics.

Jake Austen sings for The Goblins, a masked rock 'n' roll band.



  • TV a-Go-Go: Rock on TV, from American Bandstand to Americna Idol, Chicago Review Press, 2005
  • A Friendly Game of Poker: 52 Takes on the Neighborhood Game, Chicago Review Press, 2003

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