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Palgrave Macmillan

Punk Rock and German Crisis

Adaptation and Resistance after 1977

ISBN 9781137343666
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Studies in European Culture and History

The year 1977 is usually associated with West German terrorism, but it witnessed another cultural watershed: punk music. Punk Rock and German Crisis asserts, through the lived instance of punk and punk's investment in cultural representation - art, literature, and music - the importance of this sub-cultural moment for understanding the field of contested politics in West Germany. A new reckoning with the legacy of political and aesthetic spaces, this book argues the centrality of punk music for understanding crises of state and terrorist violence, American racism and German fascism, and aesthetic production.

Cyrus Shahan is Assistant Professor of German at Colby College, USA.

Introduction, Representing 'No Future'
1. Punk Poetics
2. Psycho Punk and the Legacies of State Emergency
3. Post-Punk Poaching, Subversive Consumerism and Reading for Anti-Racism
4. After Punk: Cynicism and Social Corruptibility


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