Outpunk

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Outpunk Issue 5
Outpunk Issue 5

Outpunk was a fanzine published by Matt Wobensmith in San Francisco.

Outpunk ran for seven issues from 1992 till 1997 with contributions from queer punks such as Anonymous Boy and Donna Dresch, interviews with people like Jody Bleyle, and articles on queercore bands such as God is My Co-Pilot, Behead The Prophet, No Lord Shall Live, Sister George, Tribe 8 and Pansy Division. Issue two appeared as a split issue with Fembot, a zine by Gary Fembot, of the band Sta-Prest. Issue 6 was a compilation issue consisting of a collection of reprints of articles from zines that Matt felt were notable, such as Bamboo Girl, Bikini Kill, Bimbox, Double Bill, Easily Grossed Out, Fat Girl, Fembot, Girl Fiend, Girl Germs, Jane Gets A Divorce, Now I Devour You, PC Casualties, Positron, Rude Girl, Queer, Shrimp, and many others.

Outpunk was also a record label, the first devoted to queer punk bands, releasing the first recordings by bands such as Tribe 8, Pansy Division, Sta-Prest , Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live, Mulkilteo Fairies, and Lords of Lightspeed. These last three bands all featured zine editor Joshua Plague on vocals. Other bands who released recordings on the label include Team Dresch, which included zinester Donna Dresch; and God Is My Co-Pilot, which included zinester Fly.

Matt Wobensmith was featured in the Punk Planet publication We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the collected interviews.

In DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture, Amy Spencer writes; "Matt Wobensmith...feels that a person's self-identification shouldn't form the basis of their whole personality. 'Gay people often sacrifice the culture they come from just to belong to something,' says Matt." Spencer continues, "This sacrifice of a radical culture whether as an artist, punk or anarchist, is what the queercore movement has always battled against."

Outpunk is included in the West Coast Zine Collection at San Diego State UNiversity and the Little Maga/Zine Collection at San Francisco Public Library.

As of 2009, Matt Wobensmith runs the vintage zine store Goteblud in San Francisco.


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