The birth of punk rock is full of names with the sheen of legend -- Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith -- but also those that have yet to get their fair shake. With a new four-LP set featuring the music and story of Ork Records and its founder, Terry Ork, Numero Group is out to chronicle a lesser-known but important catalyst in a rock and roll revolution.

The collection, titled Ork Records: New York, New York, is set for release on October 30. It includes the label's entire recorded output, including the debut releases by Television and Richard Hell; music from Alex Chilton, who joined with Ork for some solo experiments; tracks by formative punk acts like the Feelies, Cheetah Chrome and the dBs; and even recordings by legendary rock critic Lester Bangs.

The music is accompanied by a 120-page book -- an account of the label's history, including its founding by Ork, an eccentric film fanatic and Andy Warhol acolyte who also served as Television's manager. The collection follows Numero's previous Record Store Day release of Ork's catalog in 45 format. You can preorder the set here.

More From