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Here is a sneak peak of the Editorial from Punk & Post-Punk 1.2

Issue 1.2 of Punk & Post-Punk will shortly be available, to whet the appectite, here is Alex Ogg and Philip Kiszely's insightful Editorial from the issue.

'Scholarly enquiry into punk, we’re delighted to report, is an ever-evolving and rapidly expanding enterprise. It is also one that – perhaps inevitably – has managed to fire the imagination of many beyond the confines of the acad-emy. Recently, for example, the Boston Globe newspaper ran a lengthy culture feature it saw fit to title ‘The rise of punkademia’. This piece, which featured a spotlight on this journal and comment from the editors, was subtitled, ‘How do you study a movement that doesn’t want to be studied?’ The answer to that question, as far as we can see, is simple enough: you study it anyway.

And here we continue to do just that with issue 1:2 of Punk & Post-Punk. In setting out our vision for an academic journal that would deal specifi-cally with punk and its related subject matter, we were certain that it should concern itself not only with past and present manifestations of the concept, but also with a variety of intersecting disciplines. This cross-discipline aspect is easy enough to write into a journal’s underlying rationale at proposal level – almost everyone does just that these days, don’t they? – but the proof of its sustainability lies in a continued and substantial presence. Such on going multi- and inter-disciplinary engagement in our case suggests a wide and deep interest in punk, an affirmation of its importance that stretches beyond a particular musical moment and across cultures.

It is with some satisfaction, then, that we present a truly multi-disciplinary issue as our second outing. Contemporary dance, flyer art, and documentary and fiction film-making, as well the more regular avenues of musical and life-style identity, all feature in the diverse array of articles and interviews herein. All these vehicles of expression are touched by punk in one way or another. If inter-disciplinarity is the keynote of this issue then it is augmented by an underlying thematic pre-occupation in the articles and interviews, which considers the two-way influence on and by punk. Punk itself, it should be remembered, formed and mutated in response to layered environmental, socio-political, economic and artistic factors. And the energy created through that kind of action and reaction has continued to manifest itself through ever multiplying forms and in any number of contexts throughout the decades.

In their article, Ben Fraser and Abby Fuoto focus on Grant Gee’s 2007 documentary, Joy Division, and in so doing present an urban reading of the band that is the subject matter of this remarkable film. Exploring the images of 1970s Manchester’s post-industrial landscape presented within the film, the pair consider the intricacies of the relationship between the city and the band and its music. Fiona Bannon, by contrast, analyses the dynamic between punk’s visceral energy and the aesthetic potentiality of modern dance through the work of two high-profile female choreographers, New York-based Karole Armitage and Montreal’s Louise Lacavalier. Through his re-appraisal of punk’s reaction to the Beatles, Alex Ogg not only assesses their function as totemic anti-heroes, but also measures the extent of their musical influence on the punk generation and their own take on the new music. Kevin Dunn presents a contextualization of anarcho-punk, reflecting on its various interpretations of ‘anarchism’ globally and offering insight into its daily-life political struggle and resistance against hierarchies. An interview with flyer art expert David Esminger and Philip Kiszely’s article about film-maker-actor DJ Ray Gange make up the remainder of the material. We hope you enjoy Issue 1:2 of Punk & Post-Punk.'

Philip Kiszely and Alex Ogg have asserted their right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as the authors of this work in the format that was submitted to Intellect Ltd.

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