I am working on an article about the history of "fake punk" or "punk cash-in" bands, many of which released records before "actual" punk bands in the initial fervor of 1977. Particularly, outside the US and UK, pseudo-punk records were among the first punk records released. The point of this study is to show that the decline narrative so frequently applied to subcultures—"it was better when it was more underground/less commercial, etc."—is ahistorical in the case of punk. There was no "before the fall" time of noncommercial or noncommodified purity. 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Robinson Hall Lower Library, Harvard University
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