The British Library is celebrating 40 years of Punk Rock music with a special exhibition “Punk 1976-78”, exploring the formative years of this musical phenomenon. Drawing from the Library’s extensive archives, the exhibition will feature a range of rare fanzines, unique flyers, exclusive audio recordings and original record sleeves, many of which have never been on public display before.
The exhibition will also consider how the culturally and socially explosive phenomenon of punk rapidly transformed Britain’s musical landscape, playing a pivotal role in the rise of the independent music scene and challenging the conventional image of women in rock bands. “Punk 1976-78” is a free exhibition revealing the extraordinary impact punk had on music, fashion and design across the UK and the world and is currently running now through October 2, 2016 at The British Library. During a recent trip to London, I was able to interview Andy Lineham, The Curator of Popular Music for The British Library and learn more about the exhibit and the events planned for the celebration. More information is available at www.bl.uk.