Entries tagged with: John Holmstrom
by Andrew Sacher
Join John Holmstrom and some of his brilliant collaborators as Howl! Happening presents an exhibition that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the publication of Punk magazine. Revisit the magical beginning of Punk as documented in the early issues that capture the essence of the newly developing punk music scene and the flourishing urban cultural renaissance of art and fashion being played out in clubs such as CBGBs and Max's Kansas City. On view are classic art and new work by contributing artists.The Best of Punk Magazine book came out in 2012, with 16 of the magazine's issues and insightful history on the magazine from founder John Holmstrom. If you haven't checked it out, it's a great read.
Speaking about Punk, Thurston Moore says, "Most significant first issue of any zine in my punk rock life. I actually had the t-shirt of this at the time, wore it at Max's one night and overheard someone at the next table say 'he must be a representative,' which I was not, just a geek from Connecticut, but the possibility made me feel excellent."
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.