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DIY Record Covers, Zines, and Posters from the ‘70s Punk and Reggae Movement

The fine folks at Boo-Hooray and Milk Gallery have partnered for an exhibition of DIY record cover art in New York City. The focus of DIY OR DIE! is geared toward the ‘70s punk scene in the US, UK, and Australia, as well as the Jamaican Dub/Ska/Rocksteady movement. The original paste-ups of punk fanzines from the collections of John Ingham (the music journalist who first interviewed The Sex Pistols), Geoffrey Weiss (whose record collection would make a grown person weep), and Bruce Griffiths (of Aberrant Records fame) are also on display, along with hand-printed punk posters created between 1976 and 1983. As if this treasure trove weren’t enough, Milk will also feature original stencils from the Crass archive. As the gallery explains: “These stencils are the ground zero of recent urban wall art. They were hand cut and utilized to full effect for the détournement of advertising billboards on the London Underground. They were also the origin for the backs of tens of thousands of punker leather motorcycle jackets.” If handmade silkscreens, stencils, and angsty collages on 12 and 7-inch vinyl sleeves are your happy place, stop by the gallery through August 10 to check out DIY OR DIE!. Here’s a teaser — highlighting covers for The Residents, Sun Ra, and more — to whet your appetite. … Read More

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Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Has Died

It’s the end of an era for The Ramones. The drummer for the influential punk band, Tommy Ramone, … Read More

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Oh Bondage Flyer, Up Yours! Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Calls Out Sexist Imagery in Punk

Jumping into that nearly 40-year-old argument about what punk is will always lead you down an existential wormhole. Attempting to define punk philosophy, music, and fashion will never be productive because no two people will likely agree on what constitutes punk. … Read More

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Photos Documenting the Backyard Punk Scene in East LA

East Los, a new photo series by documentarian Angela Boatwright (part of Vans’ Living Off the Wall project, which includes an East Los companion film), invites viewers into the backyard punk scene of East Los Angeles. Revealing a little known side of the Latino community, East Los takes a look at the lifestyle in the clubs and at home, exploring “youth, catharses, and notions of family.” See a preview of the work in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website for more information. … Read More

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Portraits from the London Underground Spanning 40 Years

The Tube started shuttling Londoners through its vast network of tunnels more than 150 years ago. Photographer Bob Mazzer has spent 40 of those years capturing the London Underground commuters, shining a spotlight on the evolving subcultures that have popped up over time. A former job as a movie theater projectionist found him traveling on the Tube late at night, surrounded by a cast of characters. Mazzer’s work was shown in a Greater London Council exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in the 1980s, but he’s been sharing his photos on Facebook recently. See more of Mazzer’s funny, touching, and surreal portraits of strangers on the London metro, which we spotted on Kottke, in our gallery. … Read More

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2014: The Year We Stop Arguing About the Death of Punk

Every few years, someone comes along claiming ownership of their own little corner of music and raining down strident rhetoric on anyone who dares deviate from their vision of the One True Path. Just after Christmas, Don Giovanni founder Joe Steinhardt put in a late claim for 2013’s most reactionary screed with an article for The Media, wherein he complained bitterly about how 2013 was “a sad and depressing year for punk, for DIY, and independent voices.” … Read More

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The Best and Worst Art Shows of 2013 So Far

It’s hard to say if the art world has done an adequate job of responding to world events lately. 2013 has been marked by a crisis in Mali, a new pope, a marathon bombing, and a giant meteor landing in western Russia, and unless you count this series of dashboard photographs taken by drivers in Chelyabinsk, very few painters, video makers, sculptors, or performance artists have tried to reckon with any of this. It’s enough to make you wonder if the world’s most powerful artists and art institutions aren’t also the most solipsistic. For better or for worse, a lot of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions have been disconnected not only from current events but from history. … Read More

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Who Does Punk Belong To in 2013?

Last week Noisey published an article by their resident jaded punk columnist, who goes by the title of, er, Jaded Punk. It was entitled “Who Gives A Shit About [Insert Band Name] Reuniting?,” and as the name suggests, it took a rather dim review of reunion tours by The Replacements and various other punk rock luminaries. It followed his debut column, which went by the title “‘Punk’ Is the Grossest Word in Music,” and no doubt we can look forward to a bunch of similarly cheery meditations on the genre in weeks to come. It’s the latest in an increasingly long line of criticism shitchanning punk of late, but does the fact that punk rock is largely moribund mean that punk is dead? And who does punk belong to in 2013? … Read More

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10 Great Documentaries About Punk Rock

Have we all recovered from seeing punk at the Met? Well, here’s more — from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The institution has released a series of documentaries on their video channel, MOCAtv. The films focus on the art and logos of bands like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Crass. Click through to check them out, along with a great variety of other documentaries about punk music. These films examine everything from the development of queercore to punk papas coping with… Read More

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For Your Calendar: Young and Old Punks

Here’s an idea for your Saturday: stop by the Metropolitan Museum for PUNK: From Chaos to Couture, to take in how the punks from around 1977 dressed, then go see a band that can trace its lineage back to those fashionable nihilists that hung out on The Bowery and Kings Road. … Read More

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