Slash magazine was an American magazine dedicated to the punk subculture. This Los Angeles-based publication was active from 1977 to 1980, shaping an influential voice in the punk rock scene.Image:slash-sample-cover


Recognized for its gritty, raw portrayal of the punk subculture, Slash magazine regularly featured interviews with eminent punk rock bands and artists, concert reviews, and firsthand accounts of the punk scene in the late 1970s. The periodical openly defied mainstream music and culture and was an ardent promoter of the DIY ethic prevalent in punk culture.

Publication History

Launched in 1977 by Steve Samiof and Melanie Nissen, Slash initially began as a regional fanzine offering an outlet for Los Angeles' bourgeoning punk scene. The magazine's spirited editorials, concert photos, and fierce graphics presented an insider's view of the LA punk community, setting the tone for the representation of punk culture in media.

During its three-year run, Slash magazine managed to establish a major cult following and renown, featuring early interviews and photographs of now-iconic punk bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and X.

Slash Records

Alongside the magazine, Slash Records was created as an independent record label in 1978, under the same management, to share punk music that was largely ignored by mainstream record companies. Slash Records played a significant role in promoting LA-based punk bands, including X, Germs, and The Misfits, reaching audiences beyond the magazine circulation.{{Categories}}

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