Punk Rock and German Crisis Adaptation and Resistance after 1977

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

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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