Punk Rock ~ Austin, Texas
During a move from Corpus Christi to San Antonio in fall, 2010, I poured through my belongings (having not done so for some 11 years), and rediscovered a group of punk rock-era street posters from Austin, ca. 1980. That brought back a wave of memories of Raul’s, Esther’s, and more!
I contacted longtime colleague Donald E. Carleton, director of the Briscoe Center for American History ~ The University of Texas at Austin, and I was somewhat surprised - but happy - he wanted my street posters for the Center’s music archives. Above is one example.
These posters were photocopied and plastered on windows, walls and telephone poles all over campus. I saved a few and kept them safely in a file all these years.
On a personal note, my Sister was active in the music scene in Los Angeles during this same time period. I still have a few of her posters, and I hope she will get together with her music colleagues to create an archive for posterity there as well. For a video that includes some of her photographs from the era, click here: Katharine Cole on YouTube.
If you are interested in learning more about punk rock, a book was published in 2011 that I have not yet purchased, but intend to: Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hard Core Generation, by David Ensminger. Click on the link to learn more.
All this is to say, time flies! Don’t throw your treasured (even seemingly odd) “ephemera” away before contacting a reputable archive. They might be more rare than you think.