PUNK! Las Américas Edition (Book)

A critical refashioning of punk to suggest it emerges from within the long-term historical experience of las Américas in all their plurality. A collage-like juxtaposition of punk perspectives from across the entire hemisphere and via divergent contributions. 71 b/w illus.

Series: Global Punk

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This book challenges the dominant vision of punk – particularly its white masculine protagonists and deep Anglocentrism – by analysing punk as a critical lens into the disputed territories of 'America', a term that hides the heterogeneous struggles, global histories, hopes and despairs of late twentieth and early twenty-first century experience.Compiling academic essays and punk paraphernalia (interviews, zines, poetry and visual segments) into a single volume, the book seeks to explore punk life through its multiple registers, through vivid musical dialogues, excessive visual displays and underground literary expression.

Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa teaches at Lafayette College. She specializes in contemporary Latin American culture and literatures, with emphasis on the Andean region.

Rodrigo Quijano is a poet and independent scholar based in Lima. He was a founding member and agitator of the extinct Lima collective La Culpable and is currently co-director of its incomplete reincarnation, the Ex Espacio [Former Space] La Culpable.

Shane Greene is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of Punk and Revolution: 7 More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality (2017, Duke University Press). 

INTRODUCTION: ¿Otro Punk es Posible? Heterogeneous Histories, Contested Territories, by Olga Rodriguez-Ulloa, Rodrigo Quijano, and Shane Greene

CONTESTED TERRITORY 1: COLONIALITY AND CULTURAL RESILIENCE

The Indigenous Punk: Mapunkys, by Agustina Paz Frontera

The Monument: The Anchorage Scene as Colonial History, by Thomas Michael Swensen 

CONTESTED TERRITORY 2:  SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND IM/POSSIBLE DIALOGUES

Sonic Agitation, by Jon Horne Carter

Brown Gaze, Feminine Gaze / Queer Punk, Latin Punk, by Amina Cruz

Lima 77, by Rodrigo Quijano

Stepping on the Flowers with Brazil’s Early Punks, by Alexander S. Dent

“I really thought it was about fucking revolution” (interview), by Martín Crudo and Shane Greene

Porno para Ricardo, Unplugged (comment and video transcript), by Shane Greene and Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa

CONTESTED TERRITORY 3: IDENTITY, VOICE, AND STRUGGLE

Sadistic Cholas: Sex and Violence in Punk Literature, by Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa

Pa’ los jodíxs: The Anti-Movement of Borícua Punk, by Judith Rodríguez

Hysterics, Rebels, and Punks: Collectivity and Feminism in Mexico City, by Merarit Viera Alcazar

“This is not what Afro-Punk is about” (interview), by James Spooner and Shane Greene

Notes on FemZines from Colombia (comment on zines, punk, and feminism), by Minerva Campion and Rapiña

“I don’t care what you think and you can’t hurt me” (interview), by Alice Bag and Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa

CONTESTED TERRITORY 4: STATES, BORDERS, AND VIOLENCE

Punk and the Drug War in Mexico (record review and interviews), by Stuart Schrader, Yecatl Peña, Fani Suarez, Violeta Hinojosa, and Dave Rata

Burning Down the City (novel excerpt), by Julio Durán

I Disrespect Authority: Punk Disobedience and Activism in Post-dictatorship Argentina (comment on documentary images), by Pat Pietrafesa

"Los frikis”: voices from the first wave of Cuban punk (comment and testimonial), by Carmen Torre Pérez

CONTESTED TERRITORY 5: INDIVIDUALISMS OF HOPE AND DESPAIR

Not Your Punk, by Shane Greene

“The first lesson was self-definition” (interview), by Ian MacKaye and Shane Greene

Third World Punk Manifesto (poetry, manifesto, and film review), by Giovanni Oquendo

Straight Edge Hardcore and Activism at the Festival Verdurada in São Paulo (scene report), by Jhessica Reia

IN LIEU OF CONCLUSION – A PUNK MANIFESTO

40 Years of Punk in the World, Mexico 2017, by Magos Rebelde

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