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It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

It's Only Rock 'N' Roll, June 1978

A Guide to the It's Only Rock 'N' Roll Collection


Descriptive Summary

 

Creator:
Ron Young  

 

Title:
It’s Only Rock 'N' Roll Collection

 

Dates:
1978-1982

 

Abstract:
It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll was an indie music newspaper published in San 
Antonio from May 1978 to April 1982. The publication chronicled the rise of punk and New Wave music in San Antonio and Austin, reporting on national touring acts as well as local and regional rock ’n’ roll, blues and heavy metal acts. Issues included record reviews, guest columns, nightclub listings and numerous photographs. Included are 44 issues, from March 18, 1978 through April 1982. The November 1980 issue was mislabeled as Volume 4, number 8.


Identification:
Collection 135

 

Extent:                      

1 box
 

Language:               
English

 

Repository:               
The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions

Open for research

Preferred Citation

It’s Only Rock 'N' Roll Collection (Collection 135), The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University

Acquisition Information

44 issues donated by Nikki Young, 2018; Chris Smart donated 3 issues: August & September, 1981 and March, 1982

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Goodley, 2018


Notes to Researchers 

All issues have been digitized and are available through the Wittliff’s digital collections

Biographical and Scope Note

Ron Young was the founder and publisher of the pioneering indie music newspaper It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll. The longtime music journalist, songwriter and musician grew up in San Antonio, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Young was an avid record collector and in the 1970s was a columnist and music critic at the daily newspaper San Antonio Light, and later a regular contributor to the San Antonio Express-News. The easygoing writer once described himself as the Bob Newhart of rock and roll. Young later moved to Nashville, Tennessee and became a published songwriter. He died in San Antonio from complications of cancer on May 11, 2017. He was 67.


It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll was an indie music newspaper published in San Antonio from May 1978 to April 1982. The publication chronicled the rise of punk and New Wave music in San Antonio and Austin, reporting on national touring acts like Blondie, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Clash and the Sex Pistols, as well as local and regional rock ’n’ roll, blues and heavy metal acts. Issues included record reviews, guest columns, nightclub listings and numerous photographs. Included here are 44 issues, from March 18, 1978 through April 1982. Note: The November 1980 issue was mislabeled as Volume 4, number 8.

 

 

Container List

It’s Only Rock 'N' Roll Issues

 

Box 1

Volume 1

March 18, 1978. Judas Priest cover

May 1978. Beach Boys cover

June 1978. Elvis Costello cover

July 1978. Ray Charles, Nick Lowe, Bruce Springsteen, Ann Wilson, Patti Smith cover

August 1978. AC-DC cover; Patti Smith interview

September 1978. UFO cover

November 1978. Cheap Trick, Talking Heads cover

December 1978. Sammy Hagar cover

February 1978. Van Halen cover

March 1979. Steve Martin cover

April 1979. Judas Priest, The Police cover

Volume 2

May 1979. Doug Sahm, Heyoka, Toto cover

June 1979. Joe Jackson cover

July 1979. Badfinger, Triumph, AC-DC cover

August 1979. Sirius, Nazareth, Robert Fripp cover

September 1979. Battle of the Bands cover

October 1979. Joe King Carrasco cover

November 1979. Riot cover

December 1979. Scorpions cover

February 1980. ZZ Top cover

March 1980. Rush cover

April 1980. John Cale, Christopher Cross cover

Volume 3

May 1980. Van Wilks, The Beat, Mahogany Rush cover 

June 1980. 999, Grace Slick, Triumph, Alice Cooper cover 

July 1980. Judas Priest cover

August 1980. Blue Oyster Cult cover

September 1980. Fleetwood Mac cover

October 1980. Graham Parker cover

November 1980. Ian Anderson cover

December 1980. Bruce Springsteen cover

February 1981. Van Morrison cover

March 1981. Joe King Carrasco cover 

April 1981. Chuck Berry cover

Volume 4

May 1981. Brave New Music Festival cover

June 1981. Bob Marley cover 

July 1981. Iron Maiden cover 

August 1981. Roky Erickson cover

September 1981. The Ramones cover

October 1981. Riot cover 

November 1981. Echo and the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs cover

December 1981. King Crimson cover 

February 1982. Critics Poll cover 

March 1982. U2 cover

April 1982. Krayolas cover