Posted tagged ‘History of Punk’

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

2016/09/21

The History of Punk
Wednesday September 28 7:30PM
Location: Humanities 2-12, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome
*FREE*

“Punk and Indigenous Issues”

In this class, we are kicking off the fall term with a look at important contemporary Indigenous issues. In the past few years, the Idle No More movement has led to a resurgence of Indigenous culture and activism. Taken with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and voices like Gord Downie’s, Canadians are finally confronting the country’s legacy of oppression, and continued mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.

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Using punk as our starting point, or “lens,”  we will examine this history, and the challenges faced today. We will also discuss how education can help address both the past and its current consequences. Two guest speakers, Chris from Paroxysm, and Josh from A New Rhetoric, will share their perspectives on punk and Indigenous issues, and so can everyone else who attends.

Readings: 
“the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack
Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray

Playlist:
Paroxysm – “Open Wounds Demo
A New Rhetoric – “Decolonize Now” (Live on CJSR)
A New Rhetoric – “The Origin Spirit and Intent
A Tribe Called Red – “Woodcarver
Neil Young – “Indian Giver

The History of Punk, Class #13

2012/12/17

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday December 23 4PM
Location: Upstairs at Remedy Café (8631 – 109 Street)
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“The Punk Rock Book Club”

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Jian Ghomeshi has written a book about growing up in a suburb of Toronto in the early 1980s. Right there, that’s enough material for a class on the history of punk. Not only that, but 1982 weaves in themes of generational conflict, coming of age, multiculturalism, and, of course, music.

Class this week will be in intellectual book club format, held upstairs in the Remedy Café think-tank (aka on the couches). We’ll sit around and talk about David Bowie, the impact of the Iranian Revolution, and what it’s like to be in grade 9. We’ll also expand on Ghomeshi’s look at this particular year of the dog, by examining the wider context of Canadian punk music. Finally, we’ll get serious and discuss the bombing of Toronto’s Litton Systems in October 1982 by the activist group Direct Action.

Following the class there will be a class field trip to a  fundraiser for the inner city agency Bissell Centre, with a bunch of great folks from the Edmonton music community. Find more info about it by clicking here.

Readings:
Jian Ghomeshi, 1982.
Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action!

Playlist:
The (English) Beat “Save it for Later”
David Bowie “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)”
Madness “Our House”
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Arabian Knights”
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
Queen and David Bowie “Under Pressure”
The Clash “Straight to Hell”
Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”
Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory”
The Human League “The Things that Dreams are Made of”
David Bowie “Let’s Dance”
Tall New Buildings “Breaking Her Walls”
Moxy Früvous “Stuck in the 90s”
Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
Bare Naked Ladies ‘This is me in Grade 9″

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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