Punk Now!! (Book)

Contemporary Perspectives on Punk

Punk Now!! brings together papers from the 2nd Punk Scholars Network Conference and Postgraduate Symposium, with contributions from revered academics and new voices alike in the field of punk studies. The collection ruminates on contemporary and non-Anglophone punk, as well as its most anti-establishment tendencies.

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Punk Now!! brings together papers from the second incarnation of the Punk Scholars Network Conference and Postgraduate Symposium, with contributions from revered academics and new voices alike in the field of punk studies.The collection ruminates on contemporary and non-Anglophone punk, as well as its most anti-establishment tendencies. It exposes not only modern punk, but also punk at the margins; areas that have previously been poorly served in studies on the cultural phenomenon. By compiling these chapters, Matt Grimes and Mike Dines offer a critical contribution to a field that has been saturated with nostalgic and retrospective research. The range and depth of these chapters encapsulates the diverse nature of the punk subculture – and the adjacent academic study of punk – today.

Mike Dines is a lecturer in music at Middlesex University and co-founder of the Punk Scholars Network.

Matt Grimes is a senior lecturer and researcher in music industries and radio at Birmingham City University, School of Media. 

Foreword                                                                                                      Acknowledgements                

  1. Introduction by Mike Dines and Matt Grimes
  2. Punk Rock: Radical Politics, Radical Aesthetics or Just the Same Old Game? by Pete Dale
  3. Pay No More than 45 Copies: The Collection Legacy of the Crass Record Reality Asylum (1979) by Alastair Gordon
  4. ‘What About a Future?’ Punk As History and Document by Alexander Hay
  5. A Graphic Representation of Mutual Influence in Contemporary Punk Rock by Michael Blaß
  6. GVA HxC: Appropriation, Adaptation and Evolution – A Contextual Observation of Geneva’s Hardcore Scene by Bastien Piguet and Mike Dines
  7. Radioactive: DIY Punk Networks and the Evolution of Radio in the Digital Age by Charlotte Bedford
  8. ‘Ain’t What I Call Oi!’: How Politics Have Shaped the Modern Day Scene by Bethany Kane 
  9. Exploring Social Capital in Youth Cultures: A Study of the Punk and Hardcore Scene in a German Major City by Raphael Kösters
  10. Bloody Bloody Belgium: Reflections on a Unique International Punk Scene by Roy Wallace
  11. Special Stew: Punk and Irish by Michael Mary Murphy
  12. All Punks Hate Bastards: Investigating Punk’s Anti-Police Engagement by Amy Corcoran
  13. ‘I Think I’m Dumb’: Or, Punk’s Productive Shame by Brian James Schill   
  14. Bright Writing: David McComb’s Heartbroken Landscapes in Song and the Contemporary Punk Field by Tony McMahon
  15. Call it Crass but There Is No Authority But Yourself: De-canonizing Punk’s Underbelly by Matt Grimes
  16. Punk Rock!! So What? Negotiating an Exhibition of Punk Art and Design by Russ Bestley
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