Punk was an influential American music magazine that played a pivotal role in the punk rock movement. Published from 1976 to 1979, Punk was both a reflection of and catalyst for the flourishing punk scene in New York City and beyond.Image:punk-sample-cover

Founding and Ownership

Launched by John Holmstrom, Ged Dunn, and Legs McNeil in 1975, Punk started as a homemade fanzine to channel their appreciation for music that was raw, gritty, and, above all, real. The name 'punk' was chosen as a descriptive term to encapsulate this new wave of music.

Content and Coverage

Punk was renowned for its unpolished aesthetic and irreverent humor, blending elements of underground comic artwork with serious music criticism. It covered bands such as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and Blondie before they achieved mainstream success.

Along with band interviews and album reviews, Punk was distinctive for its unique comic book-like format, a nod to the underground comix that inspired Holmstrom. Holmstrom himself created many of Punk's comics, while also contributing hyperbolic, often humorous album reviews.

Cultural Impact

The influence of Punk extended beyond its music coverage. Its raw aesthetic and irreverent tone became synonymous with the punk rock movement itself. Punk was instrumental in promoting punk bands and cultivating their image, thus playing a vital role in defining punk rock to a broader audience.


Punk's publication ceased in 1979, but its spirit lived on through several revival efforts. In the late 1980s, Holmstrom relaunched Punk, printing two new issues. Yet again, in 2001 and 2007, two more issues were released, further establishing Punk's lasting legacy in the music world.{{Categories}}

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