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Do you remember Burt the Cat?

A Derby City music newsletter from the 1990s featured the feline on every issue.

A newsletter cover, featuring a cat in a spoof of a Beatle's album.

It’s not The Beatles, it’s Burt — is there anything that says, “1990s Louisville” more than this?

Photo courtesy University of Louisville, Archives and Special Collections

We like to think we know a thing or two about Louisville newsletters — after all, we say hello to ~37,000 of you each morning.

But we also know there have been Derby City newsletters that came (and went) before us.

We recently uncovered a gem buried among the leopard print and cargo shorts of the 1990s: The Burt the Cat Fanclub Newsletter.

The newsletter was named after creator Paul Curry’s cat Burt, and covered Louisville’s extensive underground punk + hardcore music scene from 1995 to 2002.

The cover often featured Burt spoofing movie posters and other cultural touchstones. Here are a few of our favorites:

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