When it opens, the new Punk Rock Museum will be the only one of its kind in the country.
Los Angeles once had its own museum, but it has since closed. Galleries and museums have also hosted temporary exhibitions in cities like New York and Washington, DC, but nothing permanent has remained so far. A 12,000 square foot museum dedicated to the creepy, anti-establishment genre is coming to Las Vegas early next year.
Ten musicians and industry professionals come together to launch the venue, where they aim to preserve the fashions, instruments and ephemera of the punk rock movement for posterity.
“Punk has influenced popular culture for decades,” said museum co-founder Vinnie Fiorello, former drummer for Less Than Jake. clean art‘s Vittoria Benzine. “Seeing the roots of the punk movement and then watching what it becomes, you realize how deeply it is woven into design, art, music, fashion.”
More broadly, punk itself is also experiencing a resurgence. 90s trio Blink-182 are reuniting to release a new album and embark on a nostalgic world tour. The When We Were Young music festival, which features bands like Simple Plan, Green Day and My Chemical Romance, is about to begin in Las Vegas. And artists like Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish have also recently released songs that dabble in punk or rock, like the Washington Postwrites Kelly Kasulis Cho.
“Blink-182 influenced a whole generation of music that followed them and laid the foundations of punk rock,” said Sophie Reeves, executive producer at creative studio Production Club. Washington Post. “There’s definitely hope that this music will make a stronger comeback.”
The idea for a punk rock museum originally came from Mike “Big Mike” Burkett, the bassist and lead singer of the band NOFX. Initially, he wanted to open a punk rock store that could also display historical items and artifacts he had collected over the years. But that vision soon expanded to become a museum in its own right, reports twirlof General Handley,
“It’s a love letter to punk rock”, says Fiorello twirl. “We want to show this shared passion of so many different people for this form of music.”
So far, the collection includes thousands of pieces, including an acoustic guitar from Rise Against, a green chainsaw used by Sum 41 and red “energy dome” helmets from the band Devo. Photos, handwritten lyrics, setlists, artwork, flyers, and other historical material will also help tell the genre’s story.
Organizers are also planning interactive exhibits, including one that allows museum visitors to play with guitars, bass guitars and amps that belonged to punk rock musicians. Beyond the museum itself, the site will also include a tattoo parlour, a wedding chapel, a punk shop and a bar, called Triple Down, which will serve hot beers.
“It’ll be a punk bar in its style, but it won’t be dirty and gritty,” said P Moss, a longtime Las Vegas entrepreneur and author who will run the museum bar. Las Vegas Review-Journalby John Katsilometes. “I would call it a safe punk experience, where you can have a few drinks in a room that makes you feel like part of the whole.”
The Punk Rock Museum will open in Las Vegas on January 13, 2023.