Incoming: Soul Jazz Overview of ‘70s Akron Punk


The Motor, er, Rubber City is burning once again…

By Blurt Staff

Veteran archival label Soul Jazz’s new upcoming installment in their Punk 45 series drops Jan. 26 and is titled Burn, Rubber City, Burn. You guessed it: the set charts the rise of the music scene in the midwest city of Akron, Ohio, at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline. Notable Akron groups spotlighted include Devo (natch), The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more.

The album comes complete with extensive text as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl with free download code.

The album follows on from Soul Jazz’s earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45. And Burn, Rubber City, Burn coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City – featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.

Below, check out some of ye old editor’s fave bands from that era and locale (he informs us that he used to write about most of ’em back in his punk fanzine days during the late ’70s so he may know of what he enthuses)… and watch this space for his Bizarros retreospective, coming soon.

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