Started originally as a ruse to get free drinks, records, and tickets, White Noise developed into a tabloid sized magazine covering the Detroit punk scene as well as those who came to town to play. Influenced by the scene magazines of New York (Punk), L.A (Slash), and San Francisco (Search and Destroy) as well as Creem and National Lampoon, White Noise published its first issue in Spring 1978.

Started originally as a ruse to get free drinks, records, and tickets, White Noise developed into a tabloid sized magazine covering the Detroit punk scene as well as those who came to town to play. Influenced by the scene magazines of New York (Punk), L.A (Slash), and San Francisco (Search and Destroy) as well as Creem and National Lampoon, White Noise published its first issue in Spring 1978.

Along the creatives who worked on the magazine included Paul Zimmerman, Jerry Vile (of The Boners), Katy Hait (of The Sillies), Sue Rynski, Niagara (of Destroy All Monsters), S. Kay Young, Mike Murphy (of The Denizens/The Boners), and others from the scene.

The magazine published six issues over two years before folding in Spring/Summer 1980 as a split magazine with a new venture called Street Life, created by a mix of staffers from White Noise and SPOOEE!

(Panel discussion with Paul Zimmerman & Jerry Vile about White Noise at Cranbrook Art Museum on September 22nd, 2018.)

In 1986, Vile and several former White Noise staffers started what could be considered the first free humor magazine in America. Fun magazine was published monthly until late 1989. Vile, reverting back to his given name – Jerry Peterson, evolved Fun magazine into a more mainstream, but still satirical, free paper called Orbit which ran from 1990 to 1999.

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