New book on the aesthetics of anarcho-punk released…
The Aesthetic of Our Anger. Anarcho-Punk, Politics and Music
Edited by Mike Dines & Matthew Worley
Punk is one of the most fiercely debated post-war subcultures. Despite the attention surrounding the movement’s origins, analyses of punk have
been drawn predominantly from a now well-trodden historical narrative. This simplification of punk’s histories erases its breadth and vibrancy,
leaving out bands from Crass to the Subhumans who took the call for anarchy in the UK seriously.
Disillusioned by the commercialization of punk, the anarcho-punk scene fought against dependence on large record labels. Anarcho-punk
re-ignited the punk ethos, including a return to an ‘anyone-can-do-it’ culture of music production and performance. Anarcho-punk encouraged
focused political debate and self-organised subversive activities, from a heightened awareness to issues of personal freedom and animal rights
to the development of local cooperatives where musicians, artists and like-minded people could meet.
The anarcho-punk movement helped to reignite a serious anarchist movement in the UK and inspired actions challenging the Thatcher-Reagan
axis. The Aesthetic of Our Anger explores the development of the anarcho-punk scene from the late 1970s, raising questions over the
origins of the scene, its form, structure and cultural significance examining how anarcho-punk moved away from using ‘anarchy’ as mere
connotation and shock value towards an approach that served to make punk a threat again.
Contributors: George McKay, David Solomons, Russ Bestley, Ana Raposo, Helen Reddington, Rich Cross, Matt Grimes, Pete Webb, Michael Murphy,
Alastair Gordon, Mike Dines, Pete Dale, Steve Ignorant, and the Free Association.
PDF available freely online: http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=791
Released by Minor Compositions, Colchester / Brooklyn / Port Watson Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.
Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
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