Listen up, Punks! On April 21st, we gonna drop an exciting new book chock full of flyers offering a parallax view of American punk from an influential yet removed location!
A lavishly detailed document of Louisville's vibrant and diverse music scene, White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers 1978-1994 is a rich visual history of an ephemeral and overlooked art form: the DIY concert poster. Beautiful, funny, and profane, the more than 700 flyers collected here vividly represent the golden age of this fugitive street art, revealing a neglected facet of punk's expressive force.
Clipped, collaged, and photocopied, meticulously hand-painted and lettered, or designed on a glowing computer screen in the early days of desktop publishing, these flyers were outsider broadcasts stuck to phone poles and storefronts, a makeshift gallery installed with staple guns and wheat paste. This book compiles them to offer an insider's view of one seminal community's rise from bold beginnings to eminent, international status. So break out the leather jackets and studs, White Glove Test comes your way next month!