Collection RBSC-ARC-1851 - Vancouver Punk Collection

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Vancouver Punk Collection

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3 cm of textual records and other materials

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The Vancouver Punk Collection was compiled for a display held at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre in November 2022. The display documented punk in Vancouver and it’s political consequences. Vancouver’s punk scene was born just as the city was gaining more international significance in the late 1970s, becoming a focal point for youth rebellion against middle class complacency and respectability. Vancouver was central in the development of the scene in Canada and on the West Coast.

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The Vancouver Punk Collection was compiled from various sources in November 2022 by the UBC Music, Art and Architecture Library for display in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre. The collection was then transferred to Rare Books and Special Collections in 2023.

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Collection is made up of items collected by the UBC library, for an exhibition related to punk in the Irving K. Barber Learning Center lobby. It consists mostly of vinyl’s, with two textual records relating to the history of hardcore punk and D.O.A., both created by D.O.A. Vinyl records are predominantly by D.O.A., Pointed Sticks and The Dishrags, as well as other Vancouver based punk bands. The vinyl records were all pressed in 70s or early 80s, or re-pressings of records from that same period. The re-pressings contain extensive liner notes and other ephemera.

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Collection received from UBC Music, Art and Architecture Library in 2023.


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Includes five 45 rmp vinyls and six 33 ½ rmp vinyls.

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Collection was arranged and described by by Matthew White in August 2023

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