THE JOCKEY CLUB: FLYERS & PHOTOS FROM THE HARDCORE SCENE

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The Jockey Club in Newport Kentucky was really one of the best punk clubs in the entire midwest. Punks regularly came from mid-Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana to catch a glimpse of their favorite touring bands. It was the foundation of the Cincinnati hardcore scene; and if you ever went there in the 80s, your life was changed forever. You were no longer one of “them”. You were officially punk.

When I went back to Cincinnati for the Sluggo reunion in 2010, I managed to scan a handful of Jockey Club flyers and photos to add to the smattering of images I’ve kept or found online. A great many of these shows I was lucky enough to attend. There are a few I greatly regret passing on.

Many of the people pictured here were (or are still) my friends, others I just knew by face. There were so few people into this music in the midwest in the early 80s, you kinda knew everybody. If you saw an unfamiliar punk on the street, or at school, or sitting in the back of a crosstown bus, you were almost compelled to introduce yourself – just to find out who they were, who their favorite band was, and how the hell they had gone unnoticed thus far. It was a small scene, but we banded together, and made the most of it.

My intention is for this blog post to serve as a permanent archive of all things Jockey Club. I claim no ownership for any of the photos. Unfortunately, most images that I’ve collected from the web are fairly low resolution. If you have any images to contribute, I’ll take whatever you got – bigger the better. If you see something of yours you want taken down, please let me know.

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone…”
- Joni Mitchell

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22 Comments

  1. by Kevin on January 13, 2015  10:19 pm Reply

    This is awesome.

  2. by Kelli on January 13, 2015  11:42 pm Reply

    Great to see these! I have been doing a project about the JCs flyer art.

    • by Juan on December 10, 2015  2:15 am Reply

      Excellent post! I am so happy to find it, you're so creative and each iusrltlation has something special behind, I really can feel it... specially with the second imagine, I don't know why, but I think you are the best at the list, I can't explain my position. 23jj

  3. by Allegra on January 15, 2015  1:44 am Reply

    Kickass Memory Lane. Thank you, Julian.

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  5. by Tamorah Thomas on June 21, 2016  6:55 pm Reply

    FABULOUS to see some of the flyers I made published here! Scream, The Vandals, The Exploited! Have more if you want :) What a ride that was! Great times~

  6. by Kevin H on June 30, 2016  3:17 pm Reply

    The flyers, the pictures, the memories... truly where I became who I am today.

  7. by Tom Donahue on October 21, 2016  3:42 am Reply

    I was late to the party, got out of the Army in 1987 and discovered the JC.

    • by Trudy on April 24, 2017  9:13 pm Reply

      Arceltis like this make life so much simpler.

  8. by Jerry R on November 16, 2016  9:49 pm Reply

    Really fantastic to find this site. I was only 15 or 16 in 82 and always would hear about it on a Clem's show "Search and Destroy" on WAIF I think but sadly never got to go there as I was a tad bit too young and had no way to get there or friends that would go with.

  9. by Sandy on April 24, 2017  8:39 pm Reply

    The first group of woodcut details taken from that volume published in 1490 by Ulrich von Pottenstein certainly appears to resemble what is known of the wudewasa, the "hairy ones," more popularly known as the "Wildman" or "Wildpeople." These European wudewasa are to be found in the art from that time period, and hominologists have theorized that they may represent late survival of Nea.terdalsnLoren Coleman

  10. by Fidelia on April 24, 2017  8:40 pm Reply

    noch eine kurze Anmerkung zu Franka’s Fazit: NIE WIEDER:kann mich nur Nadja anschließen und sagen GOTTSEIDANK für Mensch und Tier wenn solche Leute feirblenben.Mein Fazit: EINMAL Habererder – IMMER Haberederwer das nicht versteht ist selber schuldLG an alle Gäste

  11. by Giant Bee on July 28, 2017  3:22 pm Reply

    You are all weird and gay

  12. by Steve on September 28, 2017  1:56 am Reply

    Do you have a Flyer or Photos of The Mentors in July 1987? I was at that show and I audio recorded The Mentors. Me and my buddy Adam interviewed El Duce outside the club before the show. Saint Vitus opened the show.

  13. by Eric Purtle on October 8, 2017  10:57 pm Reply

    Hey! I'm one of those kids (2nd from left top photo) that's in those DOA shots…you're making my year. Was in Poetic Justice - we opened for Ag Front, Subhumans, Musical Suicide, etc. Later, I was in Dementia Precox and we played there a million times. Keep up the good work!

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