Reno Punk Retrospective 1979-1985
Roots of Punk in Reno, 1979-1985
Please consider donating $5-$500 to help fund an August 2015 exhibit of photos, film, flyers, fanzines and letters that will attempt to tell the story of the unsung but influential Reno, Nevada (and environs) punk and hardcore scene from the years 1979-1985. Fondly known as Skeeno, Reno’s underground youth scene centered on fast, loud music, but grew to be known for its gender inclusivity, renegade spirit and passionate views. The exhibit hopes to capture not only a look at local and visiting bands and fans, but also to provide a glimpse into the underlying creativity, rebellious mindset and fiercely independent ethic that gave rise to the influential and long running band 7 Seconds--as well as a host of lesser known bands, artists, and activists.
Funds raised will cover the costs of prints, framing, creating a display case for letters, creating soundtracks, promoting, copying, schlepping, and paying for travel expenses for the artists! They have been hard at work exhuming artifacts from the past and we very much want them to be at the opening! Any remaining funds will be used for Reno punk/hardcore archival work.
The heart of the story will be an exhibit featuring 50+ black and white photos (with a few color sprinkled in) by Gary Elam and Cari Marvelli, who shot their images, respectively, while working as a photojournalist for the Sparks Tribune and while publishing the fanzine, Media Massacre. The photography exhibit runs from August 11-Sept 4, 2015 at The Holland Project in Reno, Nevada. The exhibit will also feature a community photo board. (Fun-filled opening on Friday, August 14).
The story will also be told through the words of Kevin Seconds, lead singer of 7 Seconds, at what is sure to be a funny and passionate talk as he waxes nostalgic about the early days of the punk scene in Reno at the Nevada Museum of Art on August 13, 2015. This evening will also feature a screening of the short black and white 1981 film 7 Seconds Goes to San Francisco by Gary Elam (and possibly one other film).
The story will be rounded out through printed words – a reading room of old-school fanzines, an exhibit of flyers and a collection of letters written to both 7 Seconds and the all-girl band The Wrecks at The Holland Project.
A sister show at the Micro Gallery in Bibo Coffee Company will feature artwork old and new by Kevin Seconds and Kevin Cox who were active members of the early Reno punk scene.
If we’re lucky, we’ll also have readings of essays for an upcoming book “Growing up Punk in Northern Nevada” and maybe some music offerings. Get ready for a fun ride! Inquire within if you want to participate.
We want to bring this story back to Reno, so that not only the history of a local alternative culture may be explored, remembered and preserved – but shared with those who are curious or inspired about a story of doing things differently.
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For those of you who donated at the $300 or higher level and have visited the gallery (and have chosen a photo), please let me know by replying to this email your choice of framed print. For those of you who were unable to make it to the gallery, we are working on an online gallery from which $300+ donors can choose a photo (and anyone else can purchase one).
Those who contributed at the $35+ level will receive one of our cool 14 card postcard sets.
The gallery features
--Photos from Gary Elam, including a surprising "before punk" section of AC/DC at the UNR gym in 1982 and audience members
--Photos from Cari Marvelli mounted to really cool sound insulation frames
--Photos by various photographers (Chris Carnel, Bev Davies, Dan Walters, Bessie Oakley, Jone Stebbins, Jeff Davenport) which features pix of bands not included in Gary or Cari's photos
-- A flyer wall of approximately 200 flyers (they didn't all fit, so had to cut a few) and select set lists from bands Thrusting Squirters, Belvue and Jackshit
--A zine reading room of over 40 zine issues that were produced in Reno at this time (with more still coming in!)
- A Community Photo Wall that features a timeline and includes bios of bands, articles and photos of friends contributed by the community.
-A wall of original flyers art, cassette art, an original drawing by a No Deal fan, original mock-ups for 7 Seconds Skins Brains Guts ep, a mysterious "original 7 Seconds 1980 ep by Jim Diederichsen.
- A map of the US showing the hundreds of bands that visited from around the US during this period.
- A Hand drawn Map of Northern Nevada featuring all active punk and hardcore bands during that time.
- A Home movie station, featuring Jone Stebbins' home movies from 1980-1982
- The opening featured a dvd with excellent footage from a 1982 show with The Expelled, Panty Shields, Urban Assault, 7 Seconds, and Circle Jerks.
- A letter section-- featuring letters to the band The Wrecks, Paranoia Fanzine, The Expelled and more.
If you want to check out a more complete gallery of images from the opening, you can visit www.facebook.com/skeeno
Thank you again for your support.