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Punk, Politics and British (fan)zines, 1974-84:'While the world was dying, did you wonder why?

Worley, M. (2015) Punk, Politics and British (fan)zines, 1974-84:'While the world was dying, did you wonder why? History Workshop Journal, 79 (1). pp. 76-106. ISSN 0309-2984

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/hwj/dbu043

Abstract/Summary

This article recovers and contextualizes the politics of British punk fanzines produced in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It argues that fanzines – and youth cultures more generally – provide a contested cultural space for young people to express their ideas, opinions and anxieties. Simultaneously, it maintains that punk fanzines offer the historian a portal into a period of significant socio-economic, political and cultural change. As well as presenting alternative cultural narratives to the formulaic accounts of punk and popular music now common in the mainstream media, fanzines allow us a glimpse of the often radical ideas held by a youthful milieu rarely given expression in the political arena.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > History
ID Code:39957
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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