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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Punk zines and ephemera collection
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2276
    Physical Description: 4.4 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 6 flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1977-2018
    Date (bulk): 1983-1998
    Abstract: The zines and ephemera assembled in this collection document the California punk music scene, primarily in the greater Los Angeles area, from 1977 to 2018.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    CONTAINS UNPROCESSED DIGITAL AND AUDIO MATERIALS: Digital and audio materials are not currently available for access and will require further processing and assessment. If you have questions about this material please email spec-coll@library.ucla.edu.

    Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Punk zines and ephemera collection (Collection 2276). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Materials in this collection were acquired by gift and/or purchase from various sources. Source information, type, and date of acquisition are recorded with their associated materials in the finding aid.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Victoria Maches and Courtney Dean, 2016. Additions processed by Kuhelika Ghosh and Courtney Dean, 2017-2019 and Khang Nguyen and Courtney Dean, 2020.
    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    We are committed to providing ethical, inclusive, and anti-racist description of the materials we steward, and to remediating existing description of our materials that contains language that may be offensive or cause harm. We invite you to submit feedback about how our collections are described, and how they could be described more accurately, by filling out the form located on our website: Report Potentially Offensive Description in Library Special Collections.  

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9978158923606533  


    California punk rock quickly developed its own communities, sounds, and subgenres. Depending on the band or genre, influences can include surf rock, Mexican folk music, country, glam rock, East Coast punk, garage rock, and others. Punk communities often documented their subculture through zines. The zines focused mainly on the large Los Angeles and San Francisco scenes, but zines from smaller cities and towns also covered their local punk, rock, and underground music scenes. Zines were a primary way for fans to communicate before the Internet, and some zine creators switched to websites and blogs with the rise of online communities.

    Scope and Content

    This collection gathers zines and other ephemera documenting the California punk music scene, primarily in the greater Los Angeles area from 1977-2018. The zines vary in size, length, and medium; some are on newsprint, some are photocopied, and others are on gloss paper. The zines' content includes reviews, interviews, event announcements, news, letters, and creative works by the zines' creators and readers. The collection also includes a small amount of show flyers for performances in and around Los Angeles along with memorabilia donated to the Library Special Collections punk collective. A 2014 accrual is comprised of ephemera from Exene Cervenka, singer for the punk band X.


    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Zines, 1977-2016
    • Series 2: Show flyers and memorabilia, 1980s-2018
    • Series 3: Exene Cervenka materials, 1977-2008

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Punk culture -- California -- 20th century
    Punk rock musicians
    Punk rock music
    Cervenka, Exene -- Archives