As an ethnomusicologist, Jason “Flash Gordon Parks” Woods’ mission is to document the unknown corners of Houston’s music scene.
“We can all benefit from knowledge,” says Woods. “There’s no need to hide it.”
He believes in sharing the culture he has uncovered with younger generations. The most important thing he wants them to know: You can trace back almost all great American music to the Bayou City. It’s not only his work as a music historian that transmits this message. Woods is also a DJ, filmmaker, photographer and vinyl curator.
Woods grew up in South Houston in the 80s, and remembers watching his mother, a schoolteacher, take photographs at every family function and vacation. He says he got his love for history from her.
“My childhood was filled with a lot of opportunities to be creative and be free,” he recalls. “Growing up with a lot of older people that told stories was part of my journey of just growing and learning.”