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Published: 06 August 2020

416 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190908232

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Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture War of 1980s America

Kevin Mattson

  • Presents a history of punk based on archival research rather than oral history
  • Uncovers the connection between 1980s punk and Reaganism
  • Proves how widespread punk was by looking beyond New York City and Los Angeles
  • Argues for the intelligence of punk, presenting an intellectual history of punk ideas and expression
  • Moves beyond the standard "band history" to examine punk art, poetry, sci-fi literature, and movies as well
  • Provides an entertaining but critical analysis of protest politics and songs and other modes of expression

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