Rock & Pop
Sun., July 5, 6 p.m.
In May, we published a story about Matt Wobensmith and his vintage fanzine emporium, Goteblüd, on Valencia Street in San Francisco. It’s an awesome resource, patronized by autodidacts and archivists alike, but not an especially robust business model. Still, Wobensmith already knew that, since he’d worked at another volunteer-run Valencia Street punk shop and community space: Epicenter Zone. Founded in 1990 with funding from Tim Yohannan of Maximum Rocknroll, Epicenter hosted shows, a record store, and the inevitable schisms that follow youth enterprises premised on radical principles. Regarding the store’s ban on major label titles, an SF Weekly article from 1995 quoted Yohannan as saying, “They fudge more than Maximum does,” which should register as a snide punk slight par excellence. A Salon.com eulogy from 1999, meanwhile, praised the “youth-centered dynamism” of a “nostalgia-free zone in a city top-heavy with radical old codgers.” Which brings us to Epicenter’s 25th Anniversary & Reunion show at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco) on Sunday, where about 25 bands and performers — including Hard Left, The Younger Lovers, Sleeping Giant, and the Tobi Vail-toting girlSperm — are set to perform at the all-ages, volunteer-run affair. Contrary to earlier reports, Goteblüd will not be involved due to an unspecified rift among organizers.