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Photo of Deborah Harry of Blondie by Clyde Kimsey
Deborah Harry of Blondie by Clyde Kimsey


It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll

JUNE 3, 2019 – JULY 31, 2019

In 1978, Ron Young and a ragtag team of music journalists, photographers and record collectors set out to chronicle the rise of punk, New Wave, and heavy metal, as well and good old rock ’n’ roll in San Antonio and Austin. The result was the indie music newspaper It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll. Published from March 1978 to April 1982, the free publication chronicled the new rock scene and the earliest Texas shows by such acts as the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, the Police and Elvis Costello with interviews, music columns, photographs and record and concert reviews. The Wittliff Collections has digitally preserved its entire run in PDF format. Additionally, Clyde Kimsey, a staff photographer for It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll, recently donated his photographic archive to The Wittliff, including rarely seen color images and outtakes from his days working for the indie newspaper.

Alkek 2020 Vision


Library Renovations: Alkek 2020 Vision

AUGUST 15 – 2019 

The Alkek 2020 Vision is the plan for transforming the Albert B. Alkek Library into a place where the Texas State University community can do research, study, collaborate and also explore, create, discover and innovate. The $14.3 million renovation, which is expected to be complete by early 2020, will include major modifications to the library, applying the learning commons model of library design where technology and information resources come together to facilitate research, innovation and instruction. Visit our first floor display and take a look back at how far the library has come and the exciting new features being added through this project that is expected to begin later this fall. And check out our centrally located second floor display case for continuously updated video and images of the transformation.


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