Punk & Post-Punk 5.3 - out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Punk & Post-Punk 5.3 is now available.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


This is [not] the A.L.F.?: Anarchism, punk rock and animal advocacy

Authors: Francis Stewart

Page Start: 227


Veganism and punk rock have gone hand in hand since the 1980s, and it is a relationship that is arguably best understood in conjunction with versions of anarchist politics of intersectionality. While rejecting the argument for animal ‘rights’ as a form of quasi-religion (contra Lowe in Implicit Religion, 4.1: 41−60) this article will seek to demonstrate through interviews that the analytical framework of Implicit Religion can be applied to animal advocacy within various iterations of punk to better understand the motivations of activists. It will demonstrate that considering animal ‘rights’ as a quasi-religion diminishes both religion as a concept and the place of activism in the lives of those interviewed. Furthermore it will explore the possibility that such behaviours and attitudes demonstrate the potentiality within anarchism and punk to look inward for experiential insights and connections. As ‘rights’ is a contentious term for many anarchists, because of the issue of enforceability this article shall be using the phrase animal advocacy.


A ‘non’ that became a yes: David Shield’s Reality Hunger and the punk germ in the new literary nonfiction

Authors: Lucinda Strahan

Page Start: 281


In his literary manifesto Reality Hunger, David Shields refers to an emerging movement of ‘reality-based art’ whose characteristics include ‘a deliberate unartiness, “raw” material, seemingly unprocessed, unfiltered, uncensored, and unprofessional […] Randomness, openness to accident and serendipity, spontaneity; artistic risk, emotional urgency and intensity’. This grab-bag of anti-art processes and aesthetics is part of an ‘as-yet-unstated’ contemporary literary mood urgently needed, Shields argues, to refresh the moribund star-machine that is literary culture. In its ‘hunger’ for something more ‘real’ in literature, Shields’ manifesto speaks clearly to punk sensibilities without ever saying ‘punk’. This article will trace the unstated affinity between Reality Hunger and punk processes, aesthetics and attitude, and in the process uncover an angry punk germ in the burgeoning movement of contemporary nonfiction writing to which Reality Hunger speaks directly. In doing so, it will contribute a new strand of enquiry to the question of how we understand and define punk literature, opening these questions onto the territory of literary nonfiction.


Blake Schwarzenbach and the anxieties of American punk rock: 1991-present

Authors: Arin Keeble

Page Start: 295

This article argues that Blake Schwarzenbach was a pivotal figure in the evolution of American punk from the early 1990s. Schwarzenbach’s journey as a punk figure has exemplified some of the interconnected ‘anxieties’ of this period relating to punk aesthetics and philosophies, authenticity and ‘selling out’, and the roles of literary cultures. Schwarzenbach’s music, particularly with his first major band Jawbreaker, has also consistently artistically engaged with these anxieties. I argue that Schwarzenbach’s life and work has much to say generally about the radical potential and limitations of American punk, and that it ultimately, and perhaps conversely, embodies the enduring value and appeal of punk as an idea – despite its various iterations, countless sub-genres, and the ever-shifting landscapes of its scenes.

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