Episode 52: David Pearson on punk rock in the 1990s U.S.

This is Punk & Politics Part II. In Episode 35, David Pearson (Lehman College) interviewed Raymond Patton (John Jay) about Ray’s book, Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2018)

In this episode, the two punk scholars reunite and switch seats. This time, it’s David who’s just had a book released, Rebel Music in the Triumphant Empire: Punk Rock in the 1990s United States (Oxford University Press 2020) and Ray asks the questions.

It’s a pleasure to listen to these two talk about their shared interest. You don’t need to be familiar with the nuances of crust punk, drunk punk and straight edge or to know the music of Los Crudos or Spitboy in order to get something out of this episode (though if you do, you are going to be all over this!). It’s largely about how punk operates and frames itself in different contexts. Even the meaning of diversity and multiculturalism within punk can change, perhaps even depending on who is in the White House. Ray and David discuss the experiences and participation of immigrants, women, people of color, and the continuum or rejection of politics and commercialism vis à vis punk.

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