The Politics Of Punk: Protest And Revolt From The Streets by David A. EnsmingerThe Politics Of Punk: Protest And Revolt From The Streets by David A. Ensminger

The Politics Of Punk: Protest And Revolt From The Streets

byDavid A. Ensminger

Hardcover | August 11, 2016

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Punk rock has long been equated with the ever-shifting concepts of dissent, disruption, and counter-cultural activities. As a result, since its 1970s and 1980s incarnations, when bands in Britain-from The Clash and Sex Pistols to Angelic Upstarts, U.K. Subs, and Crass-offered alternative political convictions and subversive lifestyle choices, the media has often deemed punk a threat. Bands like Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, and Millions of Dead Cops followed suit in America, pushing similar boundaries as the music mutated into a harsher "hardcore" style that branched deep into suburban enclaves. Those antagonisms and ideals were, in turn, translated by another wave of bands-from Fugazi to Anti-Flag-whose commitment to community building was as pronounced as their taut, explosive tunes. In The Politics of Punk, David Ensminger probes the conscience of punk by going beyond the lyrics and slogans of the pithy culture war. He paints a broad, nuanced, and well-documented picture of the ongoing activism and outreach inherent in punk. Creating a people's history of punk's social, cultural, aesthetic, and political features, the book features original interviews with members of Dead Kennedys, Dead Boys, MDC, Channel 3, Snap-Her, Scream, Minutemen, TSOL, the Avengers, Blowdryers, and many more. Ensminger highlights punk money's influence on philanthropy and community involvement and paints a contextualized picture of how punk critiqued dominant culture by channeling support and media coverage for a wide array of humanitarian programs for gays and lesbians, the homeless, the disabled, environmental and health research, and other causes.
David Ensminger is humanities, folklore, and English instructor at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He has written about music, art, and contemporary issues and is author of Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations and Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons. He has contributed to Popmat...
Title:The Politics Of Punk: Protest And Revolt From The StreetsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9.33 × 6.19 × 0.8 inPublished:August 11, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: This Land is Punk LandChapter 2: Know Your EnemyChapter 3: Zones of Influence, Washington D.C. and San FranciscoChapter 4: Shot from Both Sides: MDCChapter 5: Litpunk Furor: The Wit of Jennifer BlowdryerChapter 6: Slamdance in the No Time Zone: Punk as Repertoire for LiminalityChapter 7: Through the Lurid Looking Glass: Punk Porn Histories

Editorial Reviews

This . will appeal to both scholars and general readers interested in the history and politics of punk, subcultures, popular music, journalism, grassroots activism, media studies, youth movements, and culture studies in general. Ensminger is an authority on this topic and provides a fresh voice in the field as a scholar and active participant in the punk movement for more than two decades who is attuned to the political and activist aspects of punk. He places punk in its broader sociocultural context and goes beyond semiotic analyses of punk as symbolic or "ritual resistance" and other cliches; this is a history of punk "from below," grounded in interviews, participant observation, oral history, and cultural theory that documents the activist attempts of specific individuals to affect social change, including LGBT issues, environmental concerns, homelessness, poverty, etc. It includes a story of grassroots activism often overlooked in studies of the punk movement, and is written in a way that engages the reader in a lively and impassioned manner.