Atlanta punk! 

Thirty years ago, the movement that revived, degraded and refanged rock 'n' roll arrived in Atlanta. This weekend, musicians, promoters and groupies celebrate the scene that revolved around hardcore clubs


Do sweet punk memories linger in through the haze of the '80s? Check out galleries of Clark Brown's photos of the Atlanta punk scene and Paul Cornwell's collection of Metroplex posters as well as posters from the 688 club, Chad Radford's column on where punk is now, and a variety of Atlanta punk links and punk resources. Tell us about your punk experiences here.

A reunion for 688 and Metroplex

 By Scott Henry

In the early 1980s, the music world was beating a path to Athens, where bands such as the B-52's, REM and Pylon were helping redefine underground pop. Although Atlanta produced no break-through acts like those during this same period, it was home to a rich assortment of local sounds and a tightly knit community of local bands and music fans.

Nowhere was that sense of community stronger than in the city's active punk scene, which centered around two of Atlanta's most celebrated music venues, 688 and the Metroplex. The two clubs offered an asylum for a generation of awkward, alienated teenagers wearing black eyeliner and studded collars who came to escape the drab reality of their suburban lives.

"The message of the music was, 'We don't care what people think about us,' and that appealed to us," recalls Jill Griffin, who haunted the clubs during the '80s.

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