In 1976 the first issue of PUNK Magazine was published. It was the first magazine dedicated to punk rock and the downtown NY scene. On January 14th PUNK Magazine will celebrate 40 years since the publication of its first issue at Howl, with an opening party from 6-8pm. The group gallery show, “Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project”, with works by PUNK magazine’s artists, cartoonists and illustrators runs from Jan 14th to the 30th at Howl, located at 6 East 1st Street in Manhattan.
From the Kickstarter campaign page:
“• The first issue of PUNK Magazine was developed, created written, drawn and printed in a very short time: Mid-November 1975 to New Year’s Eve 1976. It appeared three months before the Ramones first album and a year before the first Sex Pistols record were released. It didn’t cash in on a popular movement; PUNK Magazine created it.
• The radical look of PUNK magazine—hand-lettered editorials and page layouts, feature articles presented in photo-comic formats, and a cover that caricatured Lou Reed as a horror comic icon—created an authentic visual “punch-in-the-mouth” for what we insisted was a genuine social movement, and it became a knockout. “Punk Rock” before PUNK magazine appeared was a vaguely-defined term that described the New York Dolls, the Bay City Rollers, AC/DC, The Standells, the pub-rock bands popular in England at the time (Eddie and The Hot Rods, The Stranglers, etc.), and many mediocre rock bands who appeared atat CBGB. After PUNK Magazine appeared, punk rock was about the Ramones, The Dictators and the Dead Boys in the USA and the Damned, the Sex Pistols and The Clash in the UK. Thousands of great bands have emerged since then.”