Provincial Towns and Yorkshire Cities: Post-Punk Sounds, Suburban Escape, and Metro-Hegemony
This chapter analyses the post-punk scenes (1978–1984) and legacies of provincial Yorkshire towns in and around Bradford, Barnsley, and Dewsbury, England. The notion of moving to the city to make one’s future is well-trodden in popular consciousness, and musicians represent a familiar group within this narrative. While the original punk movement, through its DIY-orientated form of decentralised production, is cited as having empowered the UK provinces in a formerly London-centric landscape, the musical contributions of rural and quasi-rural places such as Yorkshire have been absorbed into the memoryscapes of nearby cities—primarily Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield. Through interviews with key participants in Yorkshire’s post-punk scene, I explore musicians’ relationships with nearby cities and their enduring, if not always cherished, links to local towns.
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