The Afropunk Festival was born of necessity, a reprieve from racism in punk spaces and a chance for black punks to build community with one another. Today, the festival is less strictly punk and more soul, with acts like Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr., receiving top billing over black punk bands. While this move toward attracting wider audiences has worked, it’s also shifted the focus away from the movement’s origins—and pushed out punk fans in the process.
Someone: Hey you okay?
Me: *anxious as fuck trying to stay calm*
Me: *on the edge of a mental break down, holding back tears*
Me: *feeling the constant need to scream and throw myself off a building*
Me: what? Oh, yeah I’m fine haha just tired that’s all
Chip Kinman of the obscure West Coast punk rock band The Dils makes his famous on-stage-disappearing act and sends the crowd into a frenzy at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1978, as seen in this fucking rad set of photos by Michael Jang.