The Punk Reader

Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global

Edited by Mike Dines, Alastair Gordon, Paula Guerra, and Russ Bestley

The Punk Reader

Edited by Mike Dines, Alastair Gordon, Paula Guerra, and Russ Bestley

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

328 pages | 55 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9781789381290 Published October 2019
Forty years after its inception, punk has gone global. The founding scenes in the United Kingdom and United States now have counterparts all around the world. Most, if not all, cities on the planet now have some variation of punk existing in their respective undergrounds, and long-standing scenes can be found in China, Japan, India, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Each scene, rather than adopting traditional interpretations of the punk filter, reflects national, regional, and local identities.
 
The first offering in Intellect’s new Global Punk series, The Punk Reader: Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global is the first edited volume to explore and critically interrogate punk culture in relation to contemporary, radicalized globalization. Documenting disparate international punk scenes, including Mexico, China, Malaysia, and Iran, The Punk Reader is a long-overdue addition to punk studies and a valuable resource for readers seeking to know more about the global influence of punk beyond the 1970s.
Review Quotes
The Wire
"The examination of the scene in Groningen, Holland and their hunger for everything from Extreme Noise Terror to Dead Moon was an absorbing and refreshing read, as were the histories of scenes in Iran and Indonesia, too young to be infiltrated by scene politics. Over 40 years since all the filth and the fury, it's apparent punk means many different things to many different people. And like most cultures, you have to wade through a lot of bullshit in order to string together the definition which makes sense to you. Enjoy the trek and thank whatever deity you wish for such a predicament."
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