Shawn Severs, Doug Maxson, Mike Bucayu, Tim Furnish and the late John Kampschaefer wanted to preserve that artform as best they could by piecing together the most comprehensive collection of Kentucky punk rock flyers ever assembled.
It’s “social history” in that regard, he says, because not everybody playing music in Louisville was born there. They migrated from small Kentucky towns for the chance to play more often and in front of bigger crowds at spots like Tewligans.
Of course there was The Jockey Club in Newport. All the punk rockers would stop there, giving Kentucky bands the chance to open for the likes of Black Flag, The Meat Puppets, Hüsker Dü, Minor Threat and others.
They left a trail of flyers in their wake.
There’s also a democratic aspect to the flyers preserved in White Glove Test. They were often made without asking for or receiving permission. They were made by fans, by bandmembers, art schoolers and amateurs alike. They are a testament to creativity and ingenuity. There’s the ironic commandeering of newspaper headlines. The cut-and-paste ransom note style. The hand-drawn maps from an era without apps to guide you.
They’re nice. They’re nostalgic. But do they pass the test?
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