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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.

Renovation Information

Library Renovations: Alkek 2020 Vision

October 2018 - Spring 2020

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. Read more about the work that is underway, see renderings of the exciting new feature and spaces being added, find the latest information about where the work and noise will be happening each day, and see an overall timeline for the project on our renovations web page.


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