“The Pride of History”: Post-punk and the Aesthetics of Post-modernity
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This chapter examines the explosion-implosion of rock and roll narratives characterizing the post-punk era: 1978–1984. Through the theory of post-modernism, we see post-punk as a related aspect of the undermining of narratives in the wake decolonization, the Civil Rights era, and the rise of neoliberal globalization. Artists utilized the freedom of punk rock—which had undermined older rock and roll narratives—and began creating music that challenged the conventions of the very meaning of rock and roll: ranging from political stances, an embrace of noise or industrial sounds, the mobilization of twentieth-century avant-garde expressions, and even the ironic embrace of the emerging multinational corporate framework born of the shift from Keynesian economics to neoliberalism in the late 1970s.