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‘If I had more time it could be better, but the new wave’s about spontaneity, right?’: finding meaning in Britain’s early punk fanzines (1976–77)

Worley, M. (2019) ‘If I had more time it could be better, but the new wave’s about spontaneity, right?’: finding meaning in Britain’s early punk fanzines (1976–77). Punk and Post-Punk, 9 (2). ISSN 2044-1983 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This article uses fanzines produced from the UK in 1976–77 to explore how punk’s politics, production and cultural impact were understood by those first enticed by ‘the new wave’. It is divided into three principal sections, the first offering some context: a rough survey of who made fanzines and how. The second will explore definitions of punk’s new wave, looking at how emergent cultures were understood and the rationale applied to any point or purpose. Third, the inherent tensions of punk’s cultural formation will be teased from fanzine editorials and articles seeking to maintain the momentum of 1976–77 and protect against perceived infiltration or dilution. In each case, choice examples are given and the article is not meant to suggest any definitive reading. Rather, the objective is to test, challenge and confirm recurring punk myths and give voice to those who ‘were there’ without enabling any conceited subjectivity to transform into universalism.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:87866
Publisher:Intellect

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