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Punk and Gentrification

2018/11/12

The History of Punk recently examined the history and ongoing consequences of gentrification. Part one traced the origins of gentrification, its subsequent history, and its ongoing effects. A case study of New York City’s ABC No Rio serves as an example of resistance to gentrification, despite the removal of its physical space in 2016.

Here’s the reading list:
– Dawson Barrett. “The Direct Action Politics of U.S. Punk Collectives”. American Studies, Vol. 52, No. 2 (2013), pp-23-42.
– Ruth Glass. London: Aspects of Change. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1964.
Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American – -Cities. New York City: Random House, 1961.
– Neil Smith. The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City. London: Routledge, 1996.

Here’s the playlist:
Malvina Reynolds – “Little Boxes”
Jonathan Richman – “New Kind of Neighborhood”
Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
Pretenders – “My City was Gone”
The Kinks – “Scrapheap City”
Talking Heads (official) – “(Nothing But) Flowers”
Lou Reed – “Hold On”
Reagan Youth – “Urban Savages”
Aus Rotten – “American Ethic”
Oi Polloi (Official) – “Let’s Go!”
MDC – Millions Of Dead Cops – “Church and State (Live at CBGBs 1983)”

And here’s part 1!

Part two examined the gentrification of Seattle’s Central District. Before the USA’s Civil Rights Era, the urban core of Seattle was where African-Americans could work, live, and go to school. Nowadays, as Draze raps, “The Hood Ain’t the Same”. We also looked at how punks have reacted to gentrification in Washington DC (and how agents of gentrification in DC have reacted to punks like Ian MacKaye). Finally, we looked at the wider punk reaction to gentrification and the myth of ‘progress’.

Here’s the reading list:

-“Chapter One: ‘Hit the Road Jack:’ The Rise and Fall of Seattle’s Black Music Scene, 1945-1960s” from, “This is Not For You: The Rise and Fall of Music Milieux in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1950s -1990s” https://era.library.ualberta.ca/…/a5ea3770-1f0b-438c-a4b4-d…

-“For Punk Music, Gentrification Is the New Ronald Reagan” https://www.citylab.com/…/gentrification-is-the-new…/379711/

Here’s the playlist:
Corb Lund– “That’s What Keeps the Rent Down Baby”
Ray Charles – “Rockin’ Chair Blues”
Jimi Hendrix – “Machine Gun”
Draze – “The Hood Ain’t the Same”
Fugazi – “Cashout”
Jack on Fire – “Burn Down the Brixton”
Jello Biafra & D.O.A. – “That’s Progress”
Wraths – “My Home”
Sick Of It All – “District”

And here’s part 2!

Part three focused on gentrification in Vancouver and Edmonton. Edmonton’s current wave of gentrification started with the development of a publicly-funded downtown arena and entertainment district. This is an example of what Peter Moskowitz refers to as “stage 0” of gentrification, when city governments enable “corporate control of neighbourhoods” though municipal policy.

Here is the reading list:

-Peter Moskowitz, “How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood”, 2017.
-Amber Dean, “Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance”, 2015.
-Daniel Johnson, “This Is Our Land!”: Indigenous Rhetoric and Resistance on the Northern Plains. PhD., Diss, University of Alberta, 2014.
-Dwayne Donald, “Edmonton Pentimento: Re-Reading History in the Case of the Papaschase Cree.” Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies 2, no. 1 (2004), 21-53.
-Jay Scherer, “Resisting the World-Class City: Community Opposition and the Politics of a Local Arena Development”, Sociology of Sport Journal, 2016, 33, 39-53.
-Jordan Koch, Jay Scherer, and Nicolas Holt, “Slap Shot! Sport, Masculinities, and Homelessness in the Downtown Core of a Divided Western Canadian Inner City”. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 42(4), 270-294.

Here’s the playlist:

Robin Grey – “The Hackney Gentrification Song”
Alien Boys – “Gentrification”
Paroxysm – “White Picket Fence”
audio/rocketry – “The Way Ahead”
Latcho Drom – “Shit District”
Rebuild/Repair – “Burn Edmonton to the Fucking Ground”
Rebuild/Repair – “Above Ground Cemeteries”
Chain & the Gang – “Devitalize”

And here’s part 3!
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The Heart of Punk City!

2017/05/31

Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is a free event held in Central Edmonton every June. 2017 is the 14th year of the festival, happening June 3rd and 4th in Giovanni Caboto Park (95 street and 109A avenue in McCauley).

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Ahead of the event celebrating grassroots creativity in Edmonton’s urban core, two acts at this year’s festival joined us on the show. Ben Freeland Writes is a historian and punk poet, and Quasar is a punk band formed in high school that’s participated in Edmonton’s punk scene ever since. This edition of The History of Punk covers punk culture far and wide, and why a grassroots festival in Edmonton is so important in a time of downtown gentrification.

Here’s the playlist!
Alien Boys (Vancouver) – “Gentrification”
Galaxy Express (Seoul) – “Jungle the Black”
Superman Is Dead 日本語 (Bali) – “Poppies Dog Anthem”
Quasar (Edmonton) – “Everybody”
Switches Band (Edmonton) – “Sauerkraut”
Propagandhi (Portage La Prairie) – “…And we thought that Nation States were a bad idea”
Quasar (Edmonton) – “Kydd”

Find out more about Heart of the City Music Festival:
www.heartcityfest.com

Ben Freeland:
www.benfreeland.ca

Quasar:
www.innerquasar.bandcamp.com

And here’s the show!

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 Show 92: moreCORE

2016/08/22

We continued our exploration of punk “cores” on show 92! A little bit about what Steve Albini thinks about hardcore, some thrash, and even a pinch of positive hardcore too!

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Here’s the playlist:

  1. Big Black (Evanston) – “Steelworker”
  2. Slates (Edmonton) – “(I Got A) Catholic Block”
  3. Golden Years (Edmonton) – “Amp”
  4. These Estates (Regina) – “I Can’t Wait”
  5. Void (Columbia) – “Dehumanized”
  6. Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Refugee”
  7. Gang Green (Braintree) – “Kill a Commie”
  8. Bad Brains (DC) – “Big Take Over”
  9. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Buzzbomb”
  10. Misfits (Lodi) – “Mommy can I go out and Kill Tonight?”
  11. Slayer (Huntington Park) – “Raining Blood”
  12. Suicidal Tendencies (Venice) – “Institutionalized”
  13. Short Lease (East Michigan) – “Life is Suffering”
  14. Youth of Today (Connecticut) – “Positive Outlook”
  15. Unity (Orange County) – “You are One”

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And here’s the show!

The History of Punk Show 91: You’re not Hardcore unless you live Hardcore!

2016/08/15

The History of Punk Show 91 traced the history of hardcore punk, looking at its origins, characteristics, and ongoing legacy.

The show aired on CJSR 88.5FM in Edmonton on 15 August 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Slapshot (Boston) – “Ole Tyme Hardcore”
  2. Minor Threat (DC) – “Guilty of Being White”
  3. Jodie Foster’s Army (Phoenix) – “Jodie Foster’s Army”
  4. Cro-Mags (NYC) – “Hard Times”
  5. Circle Jerks (Hermosa Beach) – “Question Authority”
  6. Hüsker Dü  (Saint Paul) – “The Girl who Lives on Heaven Hill”
  7. Sham 69 (Hersham) – “Who Gives a Damn”
  8. The Germs (LA) – “American Leather”
  9. The Middle Class (Santa Ana) – “Out of Vogue”
  10. The Fartz (Seattle) – “You Got a Brain (Use it)”
  11. Bad Brains (DC) – “Sailin’ On”
  12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Slumlord”
  13. Black Flag (Hermosa Beach) – “Damaged”
  14. TSOL (Long Beach) – “Abolish Government/Silent Majority”
  15. MDC (Austin) – “I Remember”
  16. Vibes (Edmonton) – “Unafraid to Believe”
  17. I Hate Sex (Edmonton) – “Sleep Paralysis”

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And here’s the show!

The History of Punk Show 64: Mean things Happenin’

2016/08/15

On the History of Punk Show #64, Dr. Daniel Johnson picked the tunes and discussed SARS, media, Treaty 6, colonization, US politics, and, of course, how folk = punk.

Show 64 originally aired on CJSR 88.5 on 8 February 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
  2. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean things Happenin'”
  3. Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch) – “John Henry”
  4. Chris Brown and Kate Fenner (Toronto) – “Oklahoma Tape Deck”
  5. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “New York is Killing Me”
  6. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “Winter in America”
  7. Odetta (LA) – “Easy Rider”
  8. Kris Demeanour (Calgary)  – “One Show”
  9. Hurray for the Riff Raff (New Orleans) – “Everybody Knows”

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And here’s show #64!

The History of Punk Show 90: Audio Caffeine from A New Rhetoric!

2016/08/13

On Monday 8 August 2016, Josh from A New Rhetoric joined the show to talk about the band, engaging with colonialism in contemporary Canada, and to play a song live in studio!

PLUS, we debuted the Toronto band SAGO, and made an exciting announcement about Counterfeit Jeans!

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Here’s the playlist from show 90!

  1. SAGO (Toronto) – “In Harm’s Way”
  2. The Secretaries (Edmonton) – “Hey Girl”
  3. A New Rhetoric (Edmonton) – “Four Corners”
  4. Bad Religion (LA) – “Them and Us”
  5. A New Rhetoric (Edmonton) – “The Origin Spirit and Intent”
  6. Chixdiggit (Calgary) – “Shadowy Bangers from a Shadowy Duplex”
  7. SNFU (Edmonton) – “She’s not on the Menu”
  8. Strung Out (Simi Valley) – “Better Days”
  9. Counterfeit Jeans (Edmonton) – “Black Light”
  10. A New Rhetoric (Josh) – “Decolonize Now” (Live on CJSR)

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And here’s the show!