It's now over twenty years since punk first pogoed its way into our consciousness. i Punk Rock: So What? /i brings together a new generation of writers, journalists and scholars to provide the first comprehensive assessment of punk and its place in popular music history, culture and myth. Combining new research, methodologies and exclusive interviews, i Punk Rock: So What? /i brings a fresh perspective to the analysis of punk culture, and kicks over many of the established beliefs about the meaning of punk. br br i Punk Rock: So What? /i re-situates punk in its historical context, analyzing the possible origins of punk in the New York art scene and Manchester clubs as well as in Malcolm McClaren's brain. The contributors question whether punk deserves its reputation as an anti-fascist, anti-sexist movement, challenging standard views of punk prevalent since the 1970s, and discussing the role played by such key figures as Johnny Rotten, Richard Hell, Viv Albertine and Mark E. Smith. br br Tracingpunk's legacy in comics, literature, art and cinema as well as music and fashion--from films such as i Sid and Nancy /i and i The Great /i i Rock 'n' Roll Swindle /i to the work of contemporary artists such as Gavin Turk and Sarah Lucas--the contributors establish that, if anything, punk was more culturally significant than anyone has yet suggested. br br Contributors: Frank Cartledge, Paul Cobley, Robert Garnett, David Huxley, David Kerekes, Guy Lawley, George McKay, Andy Medhurst, Suzanne Moore, Lucy O'Brien, Bill Osgerby, Miriam Rivett, Roger Sabin, Mark Sinker.
"["Punk Rock: So Waht?] makes the case for why we should still care...A must for those of the old-school punk persuasion and an intriguing, if not moving, read for those more inclined to regard punk rock with a 'So what?'...A solid background in punk history."
""Punk Rock: So What? provides a substantive take on issues like punk etiquette, punk fashion, the influence of punk on comics, punk and racism and punk nostalgia. Sabin has commissioned younger writers, all of whom were involved in punk's heyday, if only as fans."
-Publisher's Weekly, July, 1999