About Punks on Paper
this archive was started as a way to show a visual history of the punk & hardcore music scenes of North Carolina. In the early 2000's I had plans to make a series of printed zines with the first primarily focused on the Triad Region from the late 90s to early 00's. After years and years of neglecting the project and a setback involving my old flyers being stolen, the physical idea was scrapped and thoughts of putting the idea online digitally instead with a focus on that area still in mind. I began sorting my personal archives and combing for more online and through friends. Very quickly as my resources for data grew, so did the ambition of the project.

A few months (and countless late nights lost in a vortex of past shows) into the new project Pandora's Box had officially swung open and I began burying myself in data, scans of images, website bookmarks, old website archives, archive.org website snapbacks from the way back machine. needless to say in that few month span before the website went live it has grown into a giant North Carolina free-for-all - keeping the central focus on hardcore / punk rock in North Carolina (with minor deviations made for other underground music)

I began hand-coding the website with my "I learned how to do all this stuff in the early 90s" dinosaur skills, expanded on my limited knowledge of mySQL/php and database driven websites, spending a couple weeks getting the backend of the database setup and functioning properly with the help of a few friends and trusty google to aid me with minor problems I had. Finally the website was ready to go live in july of 2014 with 2220 shows listed and 765 flyers. Thanks to an insane amount of time dedicated and amazing contributions regularly coming in as of March 2017 we are currently at 5284 shows listed and 3258 flyers!

want to contribute?
we are always looking for more contributions to the archive (flyers, journals of past shows, anything that might be useful in either adding to the archive or that might be of use while researching dates for shows!) - we ask that if you do have items to contribute that they be high res scans - or high quality well lit straight on photos. if you have a lot of flyers but no way to digitize them but want to contribute - get in touch, we can figure something out! If its punk / hardcore related in NC bring it on! 90s and earlier flyers are always a welcome treat!

<3John Rivera


This has been a Headfirst! Records Production.