MUAR 392 Chapters 62,63,64,65

MUAR 392 Chapters 62,63,64,65 - Wednesday, March 7, 2007...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 CHAPTER 62: Punk: The Sound of Criticism? By 1975, the term “punk” included a great diversity of musical styles under its rubric, held together by a common attitude toward the growing gentrification of rock and the common use of a performance venue in NYC, CBGB’s. Robert Christagau’s summary of punk (1977) the underlying idea of this rock and roll will be to harness late industrial capitalism in a love hate relationship whose difficulties are acknowledged, and sometimes disarmed, by means of ironic aesthetic strategies: formal rigidity, role-playing, humor. James Wolcott one of the first critics to recognize the historical and potential theoretical importance of punk rock as it developed in NYC. A Conservative Impulse in the New Rock Underground James Wolcott: Article describes a festival presented at CBGB’s in the summer of 1975, and gives an overview of the scene at that moment. Wolcott uses the term “underground” (unrecorded bands) to describe the music and calls the festival “the most important event in NY rock since the Velvet Underground played the Balloon Farm.” Views punk as opposed to the “baroque theatricality of rock.” Wolcott’s usage of “conservative” here means “to carry on the rock tradition,” and he approves of the manner in which the CBGB’s bands are accomplishing it. The article also mentions the use of past styles in punk (as imitation) – prominent in bands such as Television and the Talking Heads. Discussion question: What is the “conservative impulse” referred to in Wolcott’s title? The “conservative impulse” referred to in Wolcott’s title is “to carry on the rock tradition.” He approves of the manner in which the CBGB’s bands are accomplishing the “conservative impulse.” CHAPTER 63: Punk Crosses the Atlatnic
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MUAR 392 Chapters 62,63,64,65 - Wednesday, March 7, 2007...

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