Pop Manifestos and Nosebleed Art Rock: What Was The Point Of Post-Punk?

Mankowski, Guy (2014) Pop Manifestos and Nosebleed Art Rock: What Was The Point Of Post-Punk? In: Proceedings of the Punk Scholars Network First International Postgraduate Conference.

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Abstract

‘Post-punk’ has been defined in a variety of ways, with some writers viewing it primarily as a reaction to punk with distinct musical features, while others contest if its organizing principle can even be found in a stylistic unity. Moore described how punk responded to a ‘condition of postmodernity’. For the purposes of this piece post-punk is considered a response to the response of punk.
This article addresses how manifestos came to be used in post-punk. Downes’ description of musical manifestos as a ‘key way to define…ideological, aesthetic and political goals’ is used as a starting point. A series of chronological case studies investigate the key features and aesthetics of the post-punk manifesto which include the use of numbered items, capital letters and a direct, second-person address. Reynolds noted a ‘proto-fascist aesthetic’ evident in the work of post-punk bands like Joy Division, but no evidence could be found that such an aesthetic exists.
Given Reynold’s view that post-punk ‘tried to make politics and pop work together, but failed’ this paper considers whether any of the goals laid out in post-punk manifestos were achieved. In conclusion it appears that manifestos are sometimes promotional exercise and often self-motivating exercises. However manifestos written by the band Savages have recently been successful in altering social behaviours relating to the consumption of music.

Keywords:post-punk, punk, subculture, Riot Grrrl
Subjects:L Social studies > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:37718
Deposited On:09 Oct 2019 08:37

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