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That time ’60s pop musician and record exec Herb Alpert was like oh, yeah, I ran into Johnny Rotten in Malibu one time. #music #punk

That time ’60s pop musician and record exec Herb Alpert was like oh, yeah, I ran into Johnny Rotten in Malibu one time. #music #punk

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The SDS carried on its undercover activities against any organizations that they believed threatened Britain’s social order. This include animal rights organizations, unions, and anti-Nazi, and anti-racism groups. They were also allegedly involved in the planting incendiary devices at branches of department store Debenhams in Luton, Harrow and Romford in 1987; and one member was later involved in writing the pamphlet that led to the famous “McLibel” trial of the 1990s. The workings of the SDS were on a “need to know basis,” and only a handful of police knew exactly what this little club were up to. But their presence fueled genuine fears amongst the British Establishment that there were “Reds under the beds,” and that revolution was a literal stone’s throw away. This was all going on behind-the-scenes, while out front, muppets like the councillors and journalists lined-up on this program, pushed the hysteria of Punk Rock riots and civil disobedience, that reflected the very genuine fears at the heart of the UK Establishment. (Note London councillor Bernard Brook-Partridge mention of “MI5 blacklists.”) So, that’s the background to this fascinating archive of the year that politicians (and even the BBC) thought Punk Rock was a torch-bearer for bloody revolution.
Dangerous Minds | Anarchy in the UK (for real): British establishment’s fear of an ACTUAL punk rock revolution, 1977

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To avoid any risk of over-romanticizing zines, let’s be clear: Punks found a way to make them as shitty and stupid as 4chan. All manner of half-assed music criticism, half-baked opinion, questionable appropriateness, and snide immaturity could be found in punk zines in the ’90s. Even the big ones. Maximum Rocknroll had been around for a long time before punk accelerated then exploded in the ’90s—but by 1990, it had become the de facto bible of the scene. A thick, monthly, cheaply printed wad of newsprint crammed with tiny print that came off on your hands, MRR is (and was) notorious for its passionate yet dogmatic view of what punk was supposed to be. Like factions of the Communist Party fighting among themselves, many inquisitions were led—and pogroms enacted.
With zines, the ’90s punk scene had a living history | Music | Fear Of A Punk Decade | The A.V. Club

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Living In A Dangerous Land - Tim Timebomb and Friends feat. Jesse Michaels (by Tim Timebomb)

So Tim Armstrong’s YouTube account is worth following for the Operation Ivy reunion, folks.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents cultures as they were meant for us to see, to get a glimpse into the past. An unbiased glimpse I thought, like most of the population would, taking it all as it was presented and believing it. Walking around the massive museum, taking in the Egyptian exhibit, Roman statues, things dating back to the B.C. era, these are all things I, and most of us take at face value. But now I have to wonder. The punk exhibit was based on an experience that I was very much a part of, and it was very misrepresented & opinionated— not presented as a culture in history. Not at face value either, though 80% of the patrons being paraded through there do not know this.

It was a weekday afternoon and the exhibit was so packed I was shocked. People were being herded around where they were met with brash sights & sounds, all of which acted as nothing more than a bow on top of a fashion exhibit: room after room of samey non-cutting edge modern fashion from recent years, many resembling “fancy” versions of Hollywood Blvd hooker store fashion. Lots of spiked heels & fishnets, buckles, etc. I figured I’d see a Chanel bag on display at some point…they have chains on them, right? That’s punk, right? Sadly, it is quite obvious that provoking the punk world was not on the Met’s agenda. What is very possibly on their agenda is creating sales & publicity for certain designers that they (The Costume Institute) seem to be promoting in a round about way.

Pretty Vacant at The Met - Truth Is Cool — Howie Pyro from D Generation talks about the Punk Rock Fashion exhibit at the Met, and the intersection of subculture, fashion, history, archaeology, and narrative framing (yup). Read this, it’s that good.

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Abrahamic Rockers: Punk Jews and the Bulletproof Stockings : The New Yorker

I just saw the excellent documentary Punk Jews, about… yup, you guessed it.

Highly recommended. It isn’t perfect—at times it feels like a series of really cool, short biopics rather than a coherent film—but a fun time was had.

If nothing else, you can learn about Hasidic oi!/hardcore bands and Yiddish guerilla street theatre. Apparently they actually are out there.

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