The History of Punk! Volume III, Side A, Track I

The History of Punk
Wednesday 30 March 6:30PM
Location: Humanities 2-42, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

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We are ripping it up and starting again! We will be re-examining the topic of the first ever History of Punk class that took place way back in 2012. The original readings and playlist are below, so feel free to suggest additions!

“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”
MC5 – “Kick out the Jams”
Death – “Politicians in my Eyes”
Rocket from the Tombs – “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
The Velvet Underground – “I Can’t Stand It”
The Modern Lovers – “Roadrunner”
The Ramones – “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” CBGB 1974
Patti Smith – “Gloria” 
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)”

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