San Francisco was the center of a vibrant and exciting punk scene in the late 1970s, rivaling Los Angeles and New York. In 1977, photographer Ruby Ray began documenting the punk scene in the city for the seminal punk magazine Search and Destroy. Punk Passage San Francisco First Wave Punk features 45 black and white photographic portraits and live music photographs of original punk innovators by the San Francisco-based photographer Ray in the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Sept. 12-Dec. 6. Original punk rock 'zines, flyers, posters and ephemera from 1977 to 1981 along with additional articles and ephemera from the Library’s Art, Music and Recreation Center Collection and from the Little Magazine Collection, Book Arts & Special Collections also will be on view, sharing the rich historical roots of punk rock from the center of the San Francisco artistic movement. The photographs represent some of San Francisco’s contribution to the international punk movement. The message is unabashed individualism, creativity, do-it-yourself activism and black humor. Bands such as The Avengers, the Dead Kennedys, the Dils, Crime, Sleepers, the Mutants and others are represented, placing them within the historic context as an important part of San Francisco’s counter-cultural history, as innovative for its time as the beat and hippie movements were.
Exhibition: From September 12 through December 6, 2009 Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery
Related Display: Punk Penelope September 12 through December 6, 2009 Main Library, Lower Level, Library Café Exhibition Case
Related Programs: Meet the Artist-Photographer Ruby Ray Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 5 p.m. Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery
Punk Live on Film: Screenings of Louder, Faster, Shorter; Deaf Punk and Insect Lounge Sally RemiX 1978 followed by audience Q & A with filmmaker Mindy Bagdon and photographer Ruby Ray. Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 6 p.m. Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium
Gimme Something Better - Author reading and presentation by Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor. Book sale to immediately follow. Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 6 p.m. Main Library, Lower Level, Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Film Screening of SF Punk (West Coast Premiere) by Target Video followed by audience Q & A with photographer Ruby Ray and video producer Joe Rees. Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6 p.m. Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
Queer Punk: Panel Discussion - Panel will discuss how being Queer influenced their music and share memories of playing in the San Francisco punk scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Panelists include KD Davis, bass player for Wilma and Impulse F, Debbie Hopkins, drummer for The Contractions and Jon Ginoli, founder of Pansy Division.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 7 p.m. Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library 1 José Sarria Court (at 16th St.)