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Punk Podcast

2012/06/19

Dr Lucy Robinson, from the University of Sussex, has graciously contributed a podcast lecture for the Edmonton Free School’s History of Punk course. Entitled “Gay Punks in T-shirts: AKA ‘I’ve sucked rock,” the talk delves into issues involved in gay identity and punk identity, as well as what the meaning of this picture is:

Please feel free to watch the lecture, and ask questions and leave comments on this page or in the History of Punk Facebook group.

Here’s a link to the lecture that should be open to all. Contact me if you have any problems:

http://echo.uscs.susx.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/525ec90f-cd53-4b4b-954a-72aa855715f8

Hopefully this will be the first in a series of punk podcasts, so stay tuned. A special thanks to Dr. Lucy Robinson, and happy learning!

Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression

2012/03/12

Personal expression takes on many forms. Got something to say? Write a song. Draw a picture. Compose a poem. Do a dance. Heck, you can even express yourself by going for a run – as proved by Kevin Bacon in the film Footloose. As everyone knows, Bacon used running and dancing to not only express himself, but to help solve his problems and save the youth in his town from the repression of Jon Lithgow. Oh, and I guess he used gymnastics too.

pick up your Sunday shoes, Kevin.

Lithgow thought he was keeping kids safe from the dangers of rock ‘n’ roll. He decided that music and dancing threatened youth, and used his authority on the Town Council to get them banned. He connected personal expression with societal ills that were a blight on respectable values, and kids’ safety. Dancing was a gateway drug to trouble.

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