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The History of Punk, Class #14

2013/01/22

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday January 27th  1:30PM
Location: Roast Coffeehouse (10359 104 Street NW)
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Idle No More” 

Idle No More

Idle No More is bringing all kinds of  issues, opinions, and feelings to the surface in Canada.  In this seminar, we’ll discuss the movement’s  tactics, aims, and portrayal in the media. We’ll also debate its success in communicating grievances, and how its message is resonating with mainstream society.

And if we’re lucky, we’ll help dispel some myths, and place what’s happening now in the wider history of social movements.

UofA PhD Candidate Daniel Johnson will be there to speak and discuss the movement as well.

Please RSVP to rkafara@ualberta.ca if you plan on attending, so we know how many seats to save.

Readings:
‎”The music strikes up as regularly as at a political meeting.” Edmonton Bulletin report on ceremony at the flats, 1882.
Martin Luther King on “The White Moderate”
Alcatraz is Not an Island”
You say you want a revolution: Soundtracks for Change in American Protest Movements”
“Idle No More is Not Just an ‘Indian Thing'”
Storify’d: Welcome to #Ottawapiskat
Justice minister’s blockade rhetoric risks inflaming public passions
Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage
Red Deer Radio DJ Responds to Idle No More
“Daniel Johnson’s Twitter Feed”
“Idle No More – Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean”
Idle No More Art: Posters Promote A Revolution
Idle No More: Canadian musicians throw their support behind the movement
“Idle No More album unites Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists”
“How Idle No More Could Help Save Canadian Democracy”

Playlist:
Propagandi  – “Oka Everywhere”
“Idle No More – Round Dance Flash Mob at WEM in Edmonton”
“Idle No More – Songs for Life, Volume I”
“Idle No More Mix”
Drezus – “Red Winter”
Crystal Shawanda – “Not Without A Fight”
Boogey The Beat ft. Charlie Fettah, Wab Kinew, Young Kidd – “Idle No More”
Brother Ali – “Letter to my Countrymen”
Nathan Cunningham – “Warriors”
Blue Rodeo – “Fools Like You”
P
aul Kelly – “From Little Things Big Things Grow”
Shy-Anne – “The Awakening”

Feel free to add to the “Readings” and “Playlist” by leaving a comment below.

Idle No More

Idle No More Rally

Idle No More Sun

Idle No More B&W

The History of Punk, Class #10

2012/09/27

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday September 30 3:00PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Punks in Plight”

Pussy Riot in Russia. Punks in Indonesia. Goths in Uzbekistan. Emos in Iraq. In many countries, members of subcultures are finding themselves in trouble with authorities. Some are activists, some are not. But they are all facing repression for dissenting from traditional societal norms.

In this seminar, we’ll examine how punks are facing jail time, Orwellian reeducation, or even death – in some cases for speaking out, and other times just for dressing differently. We’ll look at the response by the wider music community, the media, and, because they hate being left out, celebrities.

Readings:
“Self-Expression meets Repression: Pussy Riot’s plight is only one example of mistreatment by authorities”
“After Pussy Riot, artists everywhere must stand up for each other”
“Young Persons Called to Private Grand Jury for Owning Books”

Playlist: 
Rites of Spring – “For Want Of” (live 1985)
Embrace – “Dance of Days”
Warsaw – “Warsaw”
Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Arabian Knights”
The Cure – “Killing an Arab”
Why Indonesian Kids are Crazy for Punk”
Marjinal – “Hukum Rimba”
“Report on Emo Killings in Iraq”
“Pussy Riot Grrrl Protest”
Tobi Vail & The Pussy Riot Olympia Solidarity band – “Free Pussy Riot”

Self-Expression meets Repression: Pussy Riot’s plight is only one example of mistreatment by authorities

2012/09/15

In August, the sentence handed down to members of the feminist collective Pussy Riot was a grotesque overreaction to political self-expression.  A two-year prison term for “hooliganism” reflects how seriously Russia’s political and religious authorities treat acts of perceived subversion and dissent.

Freedom of speech has never been valued as highly in Russia as it is in the West. The members of Pussy Riot, however, participate in the punk community, a subculture in which speaking out is a basic tenet. They are following a rich lineage of personal expression and protest.

Unfortunately, there is also a history of punishment.

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The History of Punk, Class #8

2012/07/06

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 7 July 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Punk, Grunge, and Selling Albums vs. Selling Out”

This seminar will discuss whether or not bands such as Mudhoney, Nirvana and Beat Happening were part of the underground punk community. Moreover, while viewing it as a social and cultural construct, this seminar will debate if the grunge movement, was, in fact, an extension of the norms, values and practices of punk culture.

Spoiler: I argue that grunge was an extension of punk, and when it hit the mainstream, there were all kinds of resounding implications for the mainstream music industry, underground culture, and a generation known by the letter X.

Once again, we’ll start with a short lecture, and then transition into our intellectual picnic format – so bring food to share if you can!

Reading:
I’m Just Selling Albums, I’m Not Selling Out

Not Required Reading:
This is Not For You: The Rise and Fall of Music Milieux in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1950s -1990s

Playlist:
Mother Love Bone “Crown of Thorns”
Jane’s Addiction “Had a Dad”
Soundgarden “He Didn’t (Live from Seattle Bumbershoot Festival 1988)”
Mudhoney “Touch Me I’m Sick”
Ronald Reagan “Morning in America”
Fugazi “Waiting Room”
Hüsker Dü “Eight Miles High”
The Replacements “Unsatisfied”
Scream “Came Without Warning”
Martha Quinn “MTV VJ 1982”
Mötley Crüe “Girls, Girls, Girls”
The Dead Kennedys “Pull My Strings”
Mr. Epp and the Calculations “Of Course I’m Happy, Why?”
Rodney Bingenheimer “Rodney on the ROQ Theme”
Wipers “Doom Town”
Beat Happening “Black Candy (live on TCTV 1998)”
The U-Men “They”
The Melvins “Happy Grey or Black”
The Fastbacks “Swallow My Pride”
The Gits “Insecurities”
Skin Yard “Skins in My Closet”
Green River “This Town”
Malfunkshun “With Yo’ Heart (Not Yo’ Hands)”
The Posies “Ontario”
The Young Fresh Fellows “Amy Grant”
The Green Pajamas “Kim the Waitress”
Screaming Trees “You Tell Me All These Things”
Nirvana “Spank Thru (1/23/88)”
Tad “Loser”
Sonic Youth “Kill Yr. Idols”
Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot”
Alice in Chains “We Die Young”
Pearl Jam “Why Go”
7 Year Bitch “M.I.A.”
Bikini Kill “Double Dare Ya”
Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

 

The History of Punk, Class #7

2012/06/19

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 23 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Not All Quiet on the Western Front: Punk in Eastern Europe during the Cold War”

During the Cold War, Western music had subversive implications for Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In this seminar, we will examine what happened when the punk got through the Iron Curtain. Specifically, we will look at Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. We will also look at what happened when the Eastern Bloc variants of punk traveled to the West.

Just like last week, we’ll start with a short lecture, and then transition into our intellectual picnic format – so bring food to share if you can!

Readings:
Tomáš Pospíšil, “Making Music as a Political Act: or how the Velvet Underground Influenced the Velvet Revolution”
“Hungary Scene Report” Maximum Rocknroll #39
“Hungary Scene Report” Part II
Czech Scene Report – Maximum Rocknroll #42 November 1986
“Radio Free Lithuania” Flagpole Magazine
Dropping the Iron Curtain
“Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression”

Playlist:
The story of The Plastic People of the Universe
Plastic People of the Universe – ‘Podivuhodný Mandarin”
Plastic People of the Universe – “Slavná nemesis”
DOA – “General Strike”
Beats of Freedom Trailer
Dezerter – “Szara Rzeczywistość”
Bix – Saves Neapgausi


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The History of Punk, Class #6

2012/06/14

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 16 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Racism, Gender, & White Male Punk Privilege”

The punk movement is often generalized as largely male, white, and straight. Such a view, however, excludes many participants. This seminar will examine Riot Grrrl feminism, Homocore, and scene members that didn’t fit the typical stereotype.

This week we will be starting with a short lecture, and then moving outside to discuss things in our usual intellectual picnic format. Bring food to share if you can!

*Following the class, we will have a podcast lecture from Dr. Lucy Robinson, The University of Sussex, posted online.

Readings:
Lester Bangs – “The White Noise Supremacists”
Not Just White Noise Supremacy: The Diversity of the Underground Punk Network in late 1970s-early 1990s America
Kurt Cobain’s Interrogation of Hegemonic Masculinity
Gimmie Something Better, pp. 409-419
Grunge is Dead, pp. 303-314
Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally
Joining the 27 Club isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be

Playlist:
The Replacements – “Androgynous”
Pansy Division – “Groovy Underwear”
NOFX – “Jamaica’s Alright if you like Homophobes”
Propagandhi – “the only good fascist is a very dead fascist”
Nirvana – “Been a Son”
Bikini Kill – “Double Dare Ya”
7 Year Bitch – “The Scratch”
The Gits – “Insecurities”
The Offspring – “Cool to Hate” 

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Straight from Graceland

2012/06/08