The Verge: How A Teen Punk Led A Movement For Disabled People Online. “When Tyler Trewhella opened Tumblr in 2014 and posted a photo of themself outside a diner, they had no idea that image would become their legacy. The photo shows them with cane in hand and cigarette in mouth, clad in boots, a denim jacket with pins, and a hat with earflaps. A small banner across the picture was originally going to say ‘diner punk,’ but they decided at the last second to change it to ‘cripple punk.’ Tongue in cheek, they captioned the post, ‘i’m starting a movement.'”
Sierra Nevada Daily: Punk family album. “As an awkward 14-year-old hovering around the edges of Reno’s punk and hardcore music scene in 2006, I have some memories of chaotic nights spent in the basements of some of the city’s DIY venues. They were cramped, dirty and sometimes lit by a single bare light bulb. I was just tall enough to catch the dozens of elbows and fists swinging in the darkness with my face—as my ringing ears were assaulted by the crackling PA speaker an arm’s length away. Houses with names like Fort Ryland, House of Dread or The Spacement would pair a local and touring band for a night’s show. The crowd would pay a few bucks at the door to beat each other up—and then it would happen again the next night. As far as cheap fun goes, it couldn’t be beat.”
Pitchfork: Every Issue of Punk Planet Is Available on the Internet Archive. “You can now read all 80 issues of Punk Planet for free on the Internet Archive. Founded by writer and editor Dan Sinker, the Chicago music and politics zine ran as a print publication from 1994 until 2007. In addition to music features and reviews, Punk Planet covered topics like feminism, politics, human rights, and labor. Issues included interviews with Sleater-Kinney, Nick Cave, Ralph Nader, and countless other cultural icons.”
Punk News: Massive East Bay Punk digital archive released. “Stefano Morello has curated and launched a massive digital archive of east Bay Punk materials. The site includes many zines from the time period and a few other materials.” East Bay in this case is apparently the San Francisco Bay area. Sounds like punk there is quite a thing.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The largest independent LGBTQ zine collection is stored in a Riverwest basement, and you can see some of it online. “In the garden level of a Riverwest house, there’s a collection of about 2500 zines — the kind of stuff you might not want to read with your mom. It’s called QZAP, and it’s an archive of queer-punk self-published zines.”
Los Angeles Magazine: L.A.’s Female Punk Pioneers Are Writing Themselves Into Rock History. “When Tanya Pearson was an undergrad at Smith College, she wanted to write a paper about representations of women in 1990s rock media. Then she encountered a problem: Even among bands who were well known in that era, there was a dearth of research material. Pearson decided to change that. She’s the founder and director of the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a grand-scale attempt to document the histories of musicians whose contributions are often omitted from mainstream rock narratives. The project is housed at Smith’s Sophia Smith Collection, but the videos are available to all via the Women of Rock website.”
The full run of New York City punk magazine Dry has been digitized and put online. It ran for 14 issues, from 1979-1982. “I wouldn’t call Dry a definitive chronicle of NYC punk between 1979 and 1982 by any stretch, but these issues are still a priceless addition to the historical record and certainly worth a gander by anyone with an interest in this specific era of alternative music, particularly things that happened in New York.”
Dischord Records (home of punk stalwarts like Minor Threat, Fugazi, etc) has uploaded its entire archive to Bandcamp. “Yes, every artist on the Dischord roster is now represented on its Bandcamp page, meaning that listeners can dive into the historic D.C. punk scene without needing an Apple Music or Spotify subscription…”
Punk zine Maximum Rocknroll, which has been around since forever (or 1977) is raising money to create a digital archive of punk. “Since 1977, Bay Area punk institution Maximum Rocknroll has been producing a radio show, publishing a monthly magazine, releasing records, organizing shows, and supporting worldwide punk projects. As MRR enters its 40th year, we are undertaking our most ambitious project ever: creating a comprehensive online database of our record collection and music reviews. The project will also see out-of-print issues of the magazine fully digitized. We’re asking for your help to make it possible.” At this writing MRR has raised almost $10,000 of the $15,000 goal.