Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Northwest Punk List

The Northwest Punk List is an email list-serve that's been around since the mid-'90s. It began as an offshoot of the National Punk List started by Seattle punk fans to talk about upcoming shows and local bands. It once served as the primary online hub for networking and information about Seattle's punk and live rock community and boasted 500+ members, including the bookers and promoters of almost every club in town, tons of local band members, the heads of most local record labels and more. The discussions were sometimes quite heated and lively when on topics like the security at the Crocodile, Bumbershoot, the WTO or the Teen Dance Ordinance. The list predated Livejournal, MySpace, Google, the Stranger forums and other online resources by many years. As the Web took off, online forums started replacing email list-serves and many other local music resources were started. The Northwest Punk List began to fade from use. It's still around as a resource for questions and contacting local music fans, but today it gets only a couple emails a week. This is a photo of an early gathering for drinks of NW P-list members, including Kate Becker from the Old Firehouse, Ean from Sicko, Rebecca from the Cripples, and Scott from the Valentine Killers. For more information about the list-serve or to subscribe, go here.

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