Mutations The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk

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How can so many people pledge allegiance to punk, something with no fixed identity? Depending on who and where you are, punk can be an outlet, excuse, lifestyle, escapism, conversation, community, ideology, sales category, social movement, punishable offense, badge of authenticity, reason to drink beer forever, or an aesthetic of belligerent incompetence. And if someone has a strong belief about what punk is, odds are they have even stronger feelings about what punk is not.

Sam McPheeters championed many different versions. Over the course of two decades, he fronted Born Against, released dozens of records and fanzines, and toured seventeen times across the northern hemisphere. In this collection of essays, profiles, criticism, and personal history, he examines the diverse realms he intersected-New York hardcore, Riot Grrrl, Gilman street, the hidden enclaves of Olympia, and New England, and downtown Los Angeles-and the forces of mental illness and creative inspiration that drove him, and others, in the first place.

Book information

ISBN: 9781947856981
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Imprint: Rare Bird Books
Pub date:
Language: English
Sales rank: 6798
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 296g
Height: 140mm
Width: 216mm
Spine width: 23mm