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AVENGERS s/t 2xCD

Like a lot of bands from the punk rock 70s and early 80s, the Avengers got a lot of mileage from a limited output. Seven songs on two EPs released in ’77 and ’79, both fairly rote guitar-based ranting with political opinions based on nothing. Regardless, the music remains a feisty artifact worth taking out […]

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PUNK ROCK PRATTLE: Is Talk Cheap?

WHY BE SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE NOT: DETROIT HARDCORE 1979-1985 by Tony Rettman; Revelation, 2010 AMERICAN HARDCORE: A Tribal History (Second Edition) By Steven Blush; Feral House, 2010 To begin with, it's hard to believe that the people who built the house of punk rock are part of history. Weren't we ageless warriors who could defy […]

sexrevolts

THE SEX REVOLTS: GENDER, REBELLION AND ROCK'N' ROLL by Simon Reynolds and Joy Press; Harvard University Press, 1995

The combination of music criticism and cultural studies rarely produces anything of relevance to the meaning of music. Even when the combination succeeds, the outcome is usually about as artistic a statement as demonstrating the ability to swallow one's own tail. Cultural studies is about consumption, art is about creation. The Sex Revolts is an […]