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The Resource We're not here to entertain : punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America, Kevin Mattson

We're not here to entertain : punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America, Kevin Mattson

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We're not here to entertain : punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America
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We're not here to entertain
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punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America
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Kevin Mattson
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We are not here to entertain
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punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America
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eng
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  • "Many remember the 1980s as the era of Ronald Reagan, a conservative decade populated by preppies and yuppies dancing to a soundtrack of electronic synth pop music. In some ways, it was the "MTV generation." However, the decade also produced some of the most creative works of punk culture, from the music of bands like the Minutemen and the Dead Kennedys to avant-garde visual arts, literature, poetry, and film. In We're Not Here to Entertain, Kevin Mattson documents what Kurt Cobain once called a "punk rock world" --the all-encompassing hardcore-indie culture that incubated his own talent. Mattson shows just how widespread the movement became--ranging across the nation, from D.C. through Ohio and Minnesota to LA--and how democratic it was due to its commitment to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tactics. Throughout, Mattson puts the movement into a wider context, locating it in a culture war that pitted a blossoming punk scene against the new president. Reagan's talk about end days and nuclear warfare generated panic; his tax cuts for the rich and simultaneous slashing of school lunch program funding made punks, who saw themselves as underdogs, seethe at his meanness. The anger went deep, since punks saw Reagan as the country's entertainer-in-chief; his career, from radio to Hollywood and television, synched to the very world punks rejected. Through deep archival research, Mattson reignites the heated debates that punk's opposition generated in that era-about everything from "straight edge" ethics to anarchism to the art of dissent. By reconstructing the world of punk, Mattson demonstrates that it was more than just a style of purple hair and torn jeans. In so doing, he reminds readers of punk's importance and its challenge to simplistic assumptions about the 1980s as a one-dimensional, conservative epoch"--Publisher's website
  • "After the blast, Kurt Cobain's body slumped. Next to his corpse lay a piece of paper with his last words. At the time the bullet seared his head, Cobain was a rock star, his grizzled face graced the covers of slick music industry magazines, his songs received mainstream radio play, his band Nirvana performed in huge arenas. But he had been thinking an awful lot about what he called the "punk rock world" that saved his life during his teen years and that he had subsequently abandoned for stardom. He first encountered this world in the summer of 1983, at a free show the Melvins held in a Thriftway parking lot. After hearing the guttural sounds and watching kids dance by slamming against one another, he ran home and wrote in his journal: "This was what I was looking for," underlined twice. As he dove into this world, he recognized its blistering music played in odd venues, but also a wider array of creativity, like self-made zines, poetry, fiction, movies, artwork on flyers and record jackets, and even politics. This too: how all of these things opened up spaces for ideas and arguments. Now in his suicide note he reflected on his "punk rock 101 courses," where he learned "ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community."2 There are people who can recount where they were when Cobain's suicide became news. I was in Ithaca, NY, finishing up my dissertation... but my mind immediately hurled backwards to growing up in Washington, D.C.'s "metropolitan area" (euphemism for suburban sprawl). I started to remember the first time I entered this "punk rock world." Around a year or two before Cobain went to the Thriftway parking lot, I opened the doors of the Chancery, a small club in Washington, D.C., and witnessed a tiny little stage, maybe a foot and a half off the ground. Suddenly, a small kid about my age (fifteen), his hair bleached into a shade of white that glowed in the lights, jumped up. I remember it being brighter than expected (unlike my earlier, wee-boy experiences in darkened, cavernous arenas where bands like Kiss or Cheap Trick would play to me and thousands of stoned audience members). This kid with the blond hair might have said something, I don't remember, what I recall is that his band broke into the fastest, most vicious sounding music I had ever heard. Suddenly bodies started flying through the air, young men (mostly) propelling themselves off the ground into the space between one another, flailing their arms, skin smacking skin. Control was lost, for when a body moved in one direction, another body collided into its path. When someone fell over, another would pick him up. The bodies got pushed onto the stage, making it hard to differentiate performer from audience member. At one moment it appeared the singer had been tackled by a clump of kids, and he seemed to smile. Sometimes, I could even make out what the fifteen-year old was shouting, especially, "I'm going to make their society bleed!" Overwhelmed, I rushed outside to clear my head"--Preface
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Mattson, Kevin
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306.4/84260973
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index present
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ML3534.3
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.M385 2020
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non fiction
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punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America
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We're not here to entertain : punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America, Kevin Mattson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-365) and index
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Preface : From memory ... to history -- Prelude (1979-1980) : When punk broke ... and opened -- Teeny punks : Pioneer your own culture! (1980-1981) -- It can and will happen everywhere (1982-1983) -- It's 1984! (1984) -- Marching toward the "alternative" (1985-?) -- Epilogue : Punk breaks again..
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on1121085577
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25 cm
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xvi, 388 pages
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9780190908232
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2019044699
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(OCoLC)1121085577
Label
We're not here to entertain : punk rock, Ronald Reagan, and the real culture war of 1980s America, Kevin Mattson
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-365) and index
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Preface : From memory ... to history -- Prelude (1979-1980) : When punk broke ... and opened -- Teeny punks : Pioneer your own culture! (1980-1981) -- It can and will happen everywhere (1982-1983) -- It's 1984! (1984) -- Marching toward the "alternative" (1985-?) -- Epilogue : Punk breaks again..
Control code
on1121085577
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 388 pages
Isbn
9780190908232
Lccn
2019044699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1121085577

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