40 Years of ‘Punk Magazine’ Celebrated with New LES Exhibit

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 at 9:29 am by
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Head over to the East Village tomorrow to raise a glass to the highly influential and crucial publication that championed all things NYC punk and then some—Punk Magazine. After all, they hailed The Ramones as the most important punk rock band in the world from the get-go. Legs McNeil was the “resident punk,” and a regular scribe in its heyday, who helped give the emerging LES scene a face.

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project (6 East 1st St.) is celebrating the seminal first issue of Punk, which debuted January 15, 1976, and showcased an unforgettable caricature of Lou Reed, as depicted by the mag’s founding editor and artist John Holmstrom. Festivities kick off at 6pm.

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Punk was short-lived, having only published 15 issues before calling it quits in 1979. But a special issue in followed in ’81, not to mention a handful of others that have sated our punk rock palates in over the years.

In addition to Holmstrom’s memorable illustrations, works from Robert Romagnoli (he replaced Robert Crumb at The Village Voice) and Ken Weiner (he’ll be doing his signature “Ugly Portraits” at the opener) will be on hand.

Fans will also be treated to various cool artifacts like the Sex Pistols puppets from issue #14 (see below), samples from the Punk clothing line out of Japan, and more. We ALL want to see this, right? Absolutely!

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The exhibit runs until January 30. For additional info, visit Howlarts.org

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