Museum Monday on a Wednesday!


As we approach the third anniversary of the existence of the Museum Of Post Punk and Industrial Music (since April 2021), we are humbled, proud and excited to have been included as one of 5 museums in the Chicago Reader ‘Best Of’ poll. It is easy to be cynical about all kinds of things these days, and I certainly have my moments, but to see the museum name alongside MOCA, The Art Institute Of Chicago, and The Museum Of Science and Industry is a huge validation of the impact of what we are doing; a bright shining light to where this is leading. 

Sir Richard Branson’s advice resonates with me. Perhaps because we (PiL) were signed to his label when there was still just a few people in the offices on Ladbroke Grove. Anyway, he said, “always play the underdog,” so I think he would approve. Except, we aren’t playing – we massively ARE the underdog next to these huge prestigious institutions. 

I’d love to say, wow, it’s wonderful just to be nominated, but, man, it sure would be a (post) punk AF moment if we came anywhere close to not last! 

This place started with my ridiculous collection and has grown and magnetized more thanks to donations of precious artifacts from all of you: the return of the 1986 NIN demo tape, Genesis P Orridge’s lederhosen, signed ephemera from Killing Joke, Thrill Kill Kult, Ogres microphone, suit, megaphone, so much cool Skinny Puppy, Pigface, Test Department, Einsturzendeneubauten, Ministry, Strike Under, venues and labels Invisible, Metropolis, Touch & Go, Wax Trax, and more!

It has grown to have its own identity and a special place in all of us who have spent time there. If you haven’t been yet, come visit, its magic!

Thank you and, vote early, vote often.

Peace Love Respect,

Martin Atkins 

Steps to Vote:

Follow the link and scroll down to the listed categories

  • Select “Arts and Culture”
  • Select “Best Museum”
  • Vote for Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music




Starting today:

Receive the ‘Merry Christmas Fuckhead’ shirt FREE when you purchase An Industrial Christmas Carol album on red vinyl. Select your shirt size before you add the album to your cart.

*Holiday Discount does not apply to this deal*

Album Reviews:  


“If you ike the collaboration of Brian Eno and David Byrne on “MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS,” you will enjoy this little gem immensely”

“I am unwinding in front of the Christmas tree with a scotch and this is the perfect soundtrack.”

We are adding in a few more discount codes today and throughout the weekend. There will be a few 90% codes, some 60%, then the 30% is unlimited! Remember, if you don’t need the 90%, maybe a 60% could be sufficient – or even the 30%! Or, if you can swing it, don’t use a discount to help us keep doing awesome stuff like this!

*Holiday Discount does not apply to Industrial Christmas Carol vinyl + FREE shirt deal*

Codes are HOLIDAY30, HOLIDAY60, and HOLIDAY90


What is Music Business?

Saturday, December 16
12:00PM CST
Online, Free/PWYW

Music Business isn’t ‘business business,’ it’s a combination of the poetry of the spreadsheet, the high wire act of logistics, the science of crowd density – and creating one ! And much more. Martin says his business path and skills are often way more creative than making beats behind the drum kit and recording console – that’s easy!

Music business is making things happen that shouldn’t, that others couldn’t ! Triumph in the face of sometimes overwhelming adversity! That’s why this transferable skill set and mindset is so useful in any discipline.

Martin looks at the creative problem solving skill set and how music business helps you pivot, turn on a dime, and prepare for the jobs of the future we don’t even know exist yet!




Auctions End Friday 12/15

Don’t forget there are a BUNCH of one-of-a-kind items up for auction right now to help benefit the Museum and offer some unique gift options!

RARE vinyl from Wax Trax Records, Pigface Live Deluxe Signed by everyone, Atkins and Ogre’s RX Double Test Pressing, One-of-a-kind screen-printed shirts (signed and dated!), HAND-MADE Gub holiday stockings with a Martin Atkins Voodoo Doll, original posters, and more!



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