Cynics and Punks

  • Gregory Blair


This chapter attempts to draw parallels through an odd juxtaposition between Ancient Greek Cynicism and the nomadism of the early punk band Black Flag. Beginning with an analysis of the praxis and theory of the major Greek Cynics, including Diogenes of Sinope, Crates of Thebes, and Hipparchia of Maroneia, the second part of the chapter considers how the Cynic philosophy is reflected in the activities and objectives of a traveling punk band. Focusing on the final years of formation as a band in which they were in a constant state of mobility, a case is made that in many ways the punk band Black Flag should be considered modern-day Cynics.


Cynic Diogenes Crates Hipparchia Punk Black Flag 

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  • Gregory Blair
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  1. 1.Northern State UniversityAberdeenUSA

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