White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race

White Riot Punk Rock and the Politics of Race From the Clash to Los Crudos skinheads to afro punks the punk rock movement has been obsessed by race And yet the connections have never been traced in a comprehensive way White Riot is the definiti

  • Title: White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race
  • Author: Stephen Duncombe Maxwell Tremblay Steven Lee Beeber
  • ISBN: 9781844676880
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Clash to Los Crudos, skinheads to afro punks, the punk rock movement has been obsessed by race And yet the connections have never been traced in a comprehensive way.White Riot is the definitive study of the subject, collecting first person writing, lyrics, letters to zines, and analyses of punk history from across the globe This book brings together writing fromFrom the Clash to Los Crudos, skinheads to afro punks, the punk rock movement has been obsessed by race And yet the connections have never been traced in a comprehensive way.White Riot is the definitive study of the subject, collecting first person writing, lyrics, letters to zines, and analyses of punk history from across the globe This book brings together writing from leading critics such as Greil Marcus and Dick Hebdige, personal reflections from punk pioneers such as Jimmy Pursey, Darryl Jenifer and Mimi Nguyen, and reports on punk scenes from Toronto to Jakarta.

    One thought on “White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race”

    1. I am still reading this, but I wanted to share this review by Golnar Nikpour, which brings up some really important points:maximumrocknroll/white-rio

    2. An academic-leaning collection constructed around two pillars: 1)punk is self-consciously a white movement that seeks to either be in solidarity with people of color or in opposition, and, 2)punk is a mainly white movement that doesn't acknowledge its whiteness in a self-serving attempt at so-called color blindness.Of course, these two pillars are not the only monoliths seen in punk's city-scape, but they are the core of the collection, which runs from the seventies up to, roughly, the present. [...]

    3. so i get it. this book tries. it really does. i, for some reason or another, had no idea this was an anthology, i guess i was hoping for a different book structurally. its thematic structure is problematic to me, if only because it was really difficult to get through a section called "white power" and not want to puke. there are some really great pieces in here, but i feel like they lack sufficient context and introduction – i want more explanation as to why these pieces are important and how [...]

    4. This was a really good read that explored, in depth, the way that race is perceived and dealt with in the punk subculture. This is structured as a reader, so there are many different writers and writing styles in this book. There are many excerpts from books, letters and interviews as well. The writings are from various time periods ranging from the mid 70's to the 2000's. It offers much insight to events and situations that one may not even think about when thinking of punk. Today, most think o [...]

    5. If you can get through the important but difficult-to-stomach extracts of overtly racist punk thinking, the book is a very rewarding read, offering up a variety of perspectives by anti-racists and people of color in and around punk scenes from around the world.

    6. Fairly uneven, some of the analyses are pretty lacking. Mimi Nguyen's essay is as indispensable now as it was over a decade ago and needs to be read by everyone. Hard to get a sense of who the target reader is of this book.

    7. I predict a riot.I guess that now, with an alt-right (*cough*) rhetoric on the rise, raising awareness of racial issues in pop-culture (generally) and music (particularly) is becoming more and more crucial. Having had an interest in punk for most of my teenage and adult life, this book has been a bit of an eye-opener. My perception of punk had been influenced, mainly, by mid-to-late 2000s TV (notably VH1 and MTV2) - although not in a malign fashion, they did deliver the accepted 'whitestraightbo [...]

    8. The structure of this book is eh. Some of the ideas that connect the pieces included are ok but some are pretty eh.This review explains it better than I could:maximumrocknroll/white-rioDespite it's shortcomings there's a lot of eye-opening interviews here. Great stuff to process.

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