"Protest and Survive": Punk Rock and Radical Politics


January 31, 2019 - 4:00pm

Visiting Scholar Zack Furness will give a lecture titled "'Protest and Survive': Punk Rock and Radical Politics."

Punk is one of the most recognizable genres of rock music on the planet, given its pervasiveness and longevity in popular culture as well as the rampant success achieved by bands like the Ramones, The Clash and Green Day, to name just a few. But despite punk’s notable rock stars and the various ways it has been popularized and commodified by the culture industries since its inception, it has also flourished as an underground, international network of local scenes that have generated vital protest music and cultivated political dissent for over four decades. This talk brings these issues into focus by exploring some of the explicit and lesser-known relationships between punk rock, radical politics and social movement activism since the early 1980s. In addition to numerous examples from the Americas and Europe, my discussion will draw upon my current research on political punk bands in Israel during the 1990s and early 2000s.  

Zack Furness is Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State Greater Allegheny and a 2018–19 Visiting Scholar in the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh.

Location and Address

132 Music Building

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