Posted in To Do | books | music on January 10, 2013


Launched in 1976, Punk magazine announced an exploding youth movement, a new direction in American counterculture. Punk was to magazines what the stage at CBGB was to music: the gritty, live-wired, throbbing center of the punk universe. Despite its low-rent origins, the magazine was an overnight success in the underground music scene, selling out every print run across the US and the UK. Every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became an icon of the era. But Punk not only championed music, it became a launching pad for writers, artists, cartoonists, and photographers. And the wacky, sardonic, slapstick vibe of the magazine resonated with an international army of music fanatics who were ready to burn their bell bottoms and stage-dive into the punk universe.
The Best of Punk Magazine was published right before Christmas, anthologizing highlights from the rag's entire run. (You can read whole issues online.) There's a launch party for the book happening Friday (1/11) at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO (where the Peter Hook book launch is happening later this month). The event takes place from 6 - 8 PM and will feature Punk founder John Holmstrom, "live music and special guests" though its unclear who that may be. Also, "drinks will be served." It's free.

In other OG punk news, onetime New York Doll David Johansen is playing Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/13) with The Last Bison, Los Texmaniacs, and Eliana Burki. Tickets are still available.

Flyer for the The Best of Punk Magazine launch party is below.


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Comments (14)

This was my X-mas present to myself this year. Very cool table book. Fun to read all these pages for the first time.

Posted by Review Stalker | January 10, 2013 7:50 PM

Why is our generation a bunch of cultural archivists? This is from almost 40 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2013 8:29 PM

It's probably symbolic to say the punks burned bell-bottoms, but if you look at some pics of the MC5 or the Stooges back in the day, they sometimes wore pants with flares.

Posted by ChuckRamone | January 10, 2013 10:17 PM

A golden era

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2013 10:55 PM

8:29 - Because unfortunately, nothing happening now musically even comes close to the power and impact of what was happening back in the original punk and post-punk era. Most of our revolutionary, groundbreaking advancements and achievements are now technological...not musical. Which of course only improves and feeds the current trend of rabid cultural archiving.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 8:06 AM


But it did grow up, finally get a job, get married, have a few kids, then divorced, remarried, had a few more kids, is now completely breaking even. All of the kids are now hipster douchebags living in Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 10:20 AM

You know how it's irritating to hear old baby boomers talk endlessly about how the Beatles and Woodstock were the greatest things ever? This is the same, except it's about Patti Smith and CBGB. This is the most un-punk thing ever. Just stop already.

Posted by Truthman | January 11, 2013 10:50 AM


They're turning rebellion into money.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 11:25 AM

8:06AM-You speak the truth.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 11:48 AM

The Punk movement of the 70's is so overblown and takes too much credit for modern music. All the genres of the 60's and 70's helped to shape modern music not just punk. Heck punk couldn't even make it out of the 70's as it quickly went underground. What is even funnier is that the cover above is Iggy Pop who was doing his thing years before punk hit the scene.
By the way don't think I'm not a fan of Punk have been since the 70's I just don't live and die by it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 2:30 PM

Punk. LOLZ

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2013 6:58 PM

"the cover above is Iggy Pop who was doing his thing years before punk hit the scene."

Maybe that's why the writers of Punk Magazine and even the most casual punk fan (like yourself obviously) refers to Iggy as the Godfather of punk.

"Heck punk couldn't even make it out of the 70's."

Not true on several levels, the most obvious one being that punk still exists today. That aside, the DIY ethic and the spirit that anyone can do anything were the most important things that punk brought to the table and those contributions have permeated themselves into everything from music, to fashion, to the art world, to film making ever since.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2013 5:42 PM

yes punk music.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 30, 2013 9:00 PM

I think these are some of the best songs that I've ever heard. Listen to this album every chance I get when I'm doing my school work!

Posted by Brumley | September 11, 2014 1:12 PM

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