December 08, 2004

Punk Was.

What was punk?

Punk was an excuse. Punk was a self-negating movement. Punk was an enthusiasm. Punk was a flair. Punk was a cargo cult. Punk was, to steal a title used by some possible precursors, the passage of a few people through a rather brief moment in time. Punk was the stepping stone for a life very different from anything I might have imagined when I was (say) 15. Punk just was.

Punk, post-punk, and the various successors have inhabited me one way or another since 1977:

No True Punk — Los Angeles Is Burning. But what's that got to do with punk?!
Rockism — I didn't know it had a name…
Sadly — retrospective authenticity (urgh…).
Nostalgia — a few hints of a past…
The State Oppres(s)es — a memento of something that probably never happened…
In But Not Of — Stumbling into a scene… (Sydney post-punk)
Room For Rent — such a wondrous town, London…
Compare and Contrast — not everybody loves Dylan…
Maaaaaate? — is that an accent or an affectation?
Born To Drive — The Boss, on the Street and out of context.
A History Of The Sky — Tactics at the Royal, the start of something different…
Brush With Fame — a trip to LA.
Nihilistic Narcissism — what happens when real punks turn up…
Six Years After The Fair... — notes from when the future seemed bright…
DIY — my heroes had feet of gold…
Making My Houdini — a Triumph Of The Will, sort of…
Glebenot My Houdini MKII…
Crossing Cleveland Street — the great cultural divide…
Second Language — a second life for a bit of capital-A Art…
Excelsior — a gig I missed…
The Sound Of The Sound — My Houdini and Glebe, re-released…
Three Genres — I've never been at the cutting edge…

Footnote: this thread originally focused only on my experience of Sydney Punk and post-Punk, but it's inevitably also evolving into a broader set of notes on my relationship to music in general, spanning Sydney, London, and California.

1 Comments:

At 6/27/2009 5:16 PM, Blogger Phil said...

hi

After Bigpond decided to screw their customers yet again by removing all their personal website in November, I've bitten the bullet and set up my NNS website (including the Sydney Post-Punk pages) at

http://www.nonightsweats.com

It was quite easy and inexpensive so I have no idea why I hadn't done it before.

There are no changes in content as yet but I plan a redesign later in the year or whenever I have the time.

Please amend your links (if you have any) and please let anyone who might be interested know about the change.

ta

philT

 

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