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The History of Punk, Class #20

2014/02/23

The History of Punk
Monday 24 February 7:30PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Attitude”

PUNK ATTITUDE

In this class we’ll be watching the documentary Punk: Attitude. The film surveys the history of punk, especially the relationship between the United States and England.

Afterwards, we will discuss the transmission of punk back and forth across the Atlantic, the formation of bands and music communities, and the lasting impact of the movement. We will also look at punk’s relationship with other subcultures, such as hip-hop.

Readings:
“Punk’s Passionate Heart”
“Where did Punk Start? Who Cares?”

Clash in NYC

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The History of Punk, Class #18

2014/01/12

The History of Punk
Monday January 13 7:30PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Transmissions” 

The Screamers

When a local music scene’s institutions (venues, labels, fanzines) become well-developed, and its musicians garner enough attention from outside the region, it attracts new participants. They could be like-minded writers or guitar players keen to join a new community (or just have a change of scenery). Alternatively, if the scene is seeing mainstream success, folks could depart their local scene for the chance to further their careers.

In this class, we will look look at the transmission of local scene members from one community to another. We will examine the myriad of reasons that causes this. Focusing on musicians from Seattle since the 1950s and specifically on the punk community from the late 70s to early 90s, we will also discuss the factors that lead musicians from a scene to decide to stay.

Readings:
“The Importance of Music Communities”
“Transmissions from the Punk Heart”

Playlist:
The Avengers “The American in Me”
The Screamers “The Beat Goes On” 
The Fartz “Take a Stand Against the Klan”
10 Minute Warning “Face First”
Duff McKagan on leaving Seattle for Los Angeles
Duff McKagan on visiting Vancouver

The Avengers

The Fartz

The History of Punk, Class #12

2012/10/31

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday November 4 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta (enter Humanities through south door)
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“The Edmonton Punk Scene, part II”

Last class, we did some digging around the history of the Edmonton punk scene, and planned out our first punk homework assignment: to look around the current local community and see what we could find.

So, this time around, come to class with a little info on an Edmonton band and tell us a little about ’em. Playing a song means your mark will be moved up from an A+ to an A++. Try and find a band that fits the punk “attitude” we’ve been discussing. Afterwards, we’ll compile a list of all the bands and get it out there to people using this worldwide web thing that seems to really be catching on.

Also, we’ll have punk stalwart Jim Nowhere join the class to talk about his participation in the local scene!

Readings: TBD

Playlist: TBD, but it’s going to be AWESOME.

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”

The History of Punk Playlist

2012/09/16

We’ve had 9 History of Punk classes so far, and here’s the playlist:

The History of Punk Playlist

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The History of Punk, Class #9

2012/07/12

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

Money for Nothing and the Chicks for Free: Diet-Grunge and Punk-Lite

After punk broke into the mainstream via Seattle, the city reversed a trend that had held true since Ray Charles left the region for a record deal in Los Angeles: instead of leaving, bands started coming to the Pacific Northwest to further their music careers. Rather than trying to sound like the latest hair metal band, imitators were latching on to the sonic characteristics of punk bands…and wearing lots of flannel.

This week we will trace the legacy of punk since 1991, and the bands that cashed in on the angsty grievances of a generation. Not all the musicians that became successful were doing it just to get on MTV though, so we’ll examine milieu participants that stuck to their ideals, and the punk attitude, as they navigated their way from community hall shows to Top 40 rotation. The hardest part, of course, will be telling the difference between authentic punks and the marketable pretenders. So we’d better bring food to share, be prepared to sit outside and the sun, and let the debate begin.

Readings:
This is Not For You: The Rise and Fall of Music Milieux in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1950s -1990s, pp. 167-180.
That Tom-Tom Club bought all the Wack Slacks, Fuzz, Plats and Kickers!
In Defense of Nickelback or: How I learned to stop worrying about having credibility

Playlist:
The Offspring -“Jennifer Lost the War” live on public access 1988
The Offspring – “Days Go By”
Green Day – “Disappearing Boy”
Green Day – “When I come Around”
Rancid “The War’s End”
NOFX – “Bob”
Bad Religion – “Stranger than Fiction”
Pennywise – “Fight Till You Die”
Good Charlotte – “The River”Avril Lavigne – “Sk8er Boi”
Simple Plan – “I’m Just a Kid”

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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