The History of Punk, Class #1

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 12 May 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“What is Punk?”

In this seminar we will trace the origins of punk and see if we can pinpoint its beginning. We will examine the basic tenet of punk, the Do-It-Yourself Ethic, and look at a foundation of the punk community: the fanzine. Ultimately, we’ll wrestle with two important questions – can punk be defined, and does punk have a history?

Readings:
We Got the Neutron Bomb, pp. 1-5.
A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, pp. 26-27, 169-170, 234-238.
Please Kill Me, pp. 163-173.
When did Punk start? Who Cares?
The Philosophy of Punk, pp. 21-41.

Playlist:
Los Saicos – “Demolicion”
The Sonics – “Strychnine”
Rocket from the Tombs – “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
The Ramones – “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” CBGB 1974
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” Live at CBGB, 1975
Blondie with Fred Smith – “I Love Playing With Fire – May 4, 1977”
The Saints – “I’m Stranded”

The Slits – “Vindictive (Peel Session 1977)”

Here’s a working draft of the syllabus that we’ll be reviewing during the first class. Ideas and comments are very welcome!

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One Comment on “The History of Punk, Class #1”

  1. David Says:

    Thanks for the class. I learnt a lot and I’m waiting for the next one. Can’t wait to discover what the rebellion to punk was!


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