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Post-Punk, Politics and Pleasure in Britain

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Shake Your Cosy Attitudes

    • David Wilkinson
    Pages 1-10
  3. Agents of Change: Post-Punk and the Present

    • David Wilkinson
    Pages 189-203
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 205-228

About this book

As the Sex Pistols were breaking up, Britain was entering a new era. Punk’s filth and fury had burned brightly and briefly; soon a new underground offered a more sustained and constructive challenge. As future-focused, independently released singles appeared in the wake of the Sex Pistols, there were high hopes in magazines like NME and the DIY fanzine media spawned by punk. Post-Punk, Politics and Pleasure in Britain explores how post-punk’s politics developed into the 1980s. Illustrating that the movement’s monochrome gloom was illuminated by residual flickers of countercultural utopianism, it situates post-punk in the ideological crossfire of a key political struggle of the era: a battle over pleasure and freedom between emerging Thatcherism and libertarian, feminist and countercultural movements dating back to the post-war New Left. Case studies on bands including Gang of Four, The Fall and the Slits and labels like Rough Trade move sensitively between close reading, historical context and analysis of who made post-punk and how it was produced and mediated. The book examines, too, how the struggles of post-punk resonate down to the present. 

Keywords

  • Subcultures
  • Popular music
  • History of music
  • Youth culture
  • Political history

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

    David Wilkinson

About the author

David Wilkinson is Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has worked on the Leverhulme project ‘Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture’ and is involved with the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change.

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USD 29.99
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