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Firstly I would like to note that these are not the only references I will be consulting, however they are my initial definite sources of information.

So lets proceed:

Ian P. Moran’s journal article ‘Punk: The Do-It-Yourself Subculture’, published in the Social Sciences Journal issue 10(1) 

This article place focus on the DIY ethos of Punk Rock and how DIY methods were used to create social networks that contributed to the endurance of the subculture.  Moran interviews ‘participating’ punks to obtain authentic results for his study.  Additionally Moran looks at the origins of DIY and the role of changing technologies on DIY, both of which are key areas of interest to me.


Another journal article by Jeff Paris and Michael Ault.  The article ‘Subcultures and Political Resistance appeared in the Peace Review, issue 16 (4) in 2004

The article investigates different views on the study of subcultures along with factors that need to be considered when researching subcultures.  My research will benefit from this fresh view that illuminates potential themes that I can investigate such as; the influence of Situationism on Punk Rock and the purpose of subcultures in general.  Some flaws in Hebdige’s (2002) theories that only became apparent after the dissolutions of various predominant subcultures give me additional perspective.  The growing political force of contemporary subcultures is also of particular interest to me because I can convert this phenomenon and apply it to contemporary visual practices.


Punk Rock: So What? The Cultural Legacy of Punk by Roger Sabin, Published by Routledge in 1999

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The writer want to reposition Punk Rock as set in history because he felt that many common assumptions of Punk Rock is erroneous.  Sabin feels that academic writings on Punk Rock stems from a very narrow point of view and is romanticised. The book therefore contains a combination of reputable perspectives on Punk Rock.  Sabin also challenge disagreements regarding the subculture by evidencing his views.  I think this book gives me alternative views as opposed to academic writing on the topic and it will help me approach my essay with an open mind.


England’s Dreaming. Sex Pistols and Punk Rock by John Savage, published by Faber and Faber in 2005

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This book a nostalgic look at Punk Rock through interviews and memories and mostly focussed on the Sex Pistols.  John Savage was one of the key players in the British Punk movement and this book is one of the main resources of Punk Rock writings.  I value the ‘insider’ angle but I am also aware that the views relayed are narrow and often controversial.  Savage additionally relays information on the DIY ethos, the attitudes and politics of the time which is helpful to me.


Fanzines by Teal Triggs, Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd. in 2010


This book is an visual assembly of over 750 fanzines dated from the origins of the phenomenon up until 2010 when the book was published.  This is a fascinating history of DIY techniques that allows me to evaluate the methods that was and is still being used to produce fanzines.  Basic information alongside images gives me a bit of insight into specific ‘publications’ as well as context regarding specific subcultures and movements that gave birth to specific fanzines.  The book provides context to critically evaluate the origins and influence of the Punk Rock DIY ethic.


Art & Outrage: Provocation, Controversy and the Visual Arts by John A. Walker, published by Pluto Press in 1999

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Walker discusses shocking artwork that spurred public protest.  Specific case studies are presented through which I can examine the underlying ideologies and circumstances that encouraged the need to produce shocking material.  Research on political motivations and the aspiration to contribute to social change through disgraceful material, helps me to objectively form opinions on Punk Rock.  Furthermore, the role of mass media is discussed, it relates to contemporary practices of the DIY work ethic that will be addressed in my essay.


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