Punk Lives On: Generations of Punk and Squatting in the Netherlands

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


This chapter takes the format of a historical overview of the trajectory of the Dutch punk scene, seen through the eyes of the participants in this project. It focuses particularly on the close ties between the punk scene and the squatters’ movement, drawing out the influences each has had on the other. It argues against narratives that punk is ‘dead’, proposing instead that Dutch punk goes through ‘highs’ and ‘lows’. New generations provide an upswing of activity and excitement, although from time to time activity dips. This chapter further unpicks narratives of the impact of different generations moving through punk and includes a discussion of individuals’ positions as ageing punks. It finally examines the role of these ageing punks within the contemporary scene.


Dutch punk Punk history Squatting Ageing punks Inter-generational relationships 


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