Archive for January 2014

The History of Punk, Class #19


The History of Punk
Monday 3 February 7:30PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome



Fanzines were publications that sprung out of local music scenes to engage and document the community. In the days before websites, blogs, and social media, they also served to connect participants of various local scenes with each other, and issues that concerned all of them.

Created and published by a scene’s actual participants, fanzines were a direct link to the music, ideas and debates that emerged within the community. Thus, they offered unique insights and showcased the relationship between participants as they negotiated with the various characteristics shaping the milieu.

In this seminar, we will examine different fanzines from throughout the punk network, and discuss the role they played in their particular scene. We will also look at fanzines that had a reach outside their local community and the impact this had in terms of developing a network of communication outside the mainstream.

In addition, we will discuss the a fanzine as an historical source.

Punk Fanzines
Mark Perry gives birth to fanzine culture
Maximum Rocknroll Archive
Punk Planet
Raising the Maximum Punk Age
The Kids Are Alright
Czech Scene Report – Maximum Rocknroll #42 November 1986
Marchetto, Tune in, Turn On, Go Punk
“Radio Free Lithuania” Flagpole Magazine

Mark Perry talks about Sniffin’ Glue Fanzine
1980 BBC documentary about Guttersnipe Punk Fanzine
We Are The Writing On The Wall
NOFX – “I’m Telling Tim”
Guttermouth – “Baker’s Dozen” 

AT 44

The History of Punk, Class #18


The History of Punk
Monday January 13 7:30PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome


The Screamers

When a local music scene’s institutions (venues, labels, fanzines) become well-developed, and its musicians garner enough attention from outside the region, it attracts new participants. They could be like-minded writers or guitar players keen to join a new community (or just have a change of scenery). Alternatively, if the scene is seeing mainstream success, folks could depart their local scene for the chance to further their careers.

In this class, we will look look at the transmission of local scene members from one community to another. We will examine the myriad of reasons that causes this. Focusing on musicians from Seattle since the 1950s and specifically on the punk community from the late 70s to early 90s, we will also discuss the factors that lead musicians from a scene to decide to stay.

“The Importance of Music Communities”
“Transmissions from the Punk Heart”

The Avengers “The American in Me”
The Screamers “The Beat Goes On” 
The Fartz “Take a Stand Against the Klan”
10 Minute Warning “Face First”
Duff McKagan on leaving Seattle for Los Angeles
Duff McKagan on visiting Vancouver

The Avengers

The Fartz

Heart of the City Festival Fundraiser!


Heart of the City

Recycling was important to DOA!


Recycling was important to DOA!