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Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

Michael Blair

Michael Blair grew up in St. Louis and lives in New York. He works at BOMB Magazine and is a founding member of the Hi Fi Snock Uptown collective. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Joe Bucciero

Joe Bucciero is a writer born in Chicago and based in New York. He helps edit the music zine AdHoc and the journal Blank Forms, and has written for the Quietus, the Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP in 1980 and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album’s cover, disappeared. Even though Colossal Youth received positive reviews and sold surprisingly well, Young Marble...

The Raincoats' The Raincoats

Jenn Pelly

Jenn Pelly is an editor at Pitchfork. Her work has appeared in SPIN, Nylon, and The Village Voice. She is an alumni of WNYU 89.1 FM, where she hosted The New Afternoon Show and most recently Crucial Chaos. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Brooklyn. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...In 1979, from the basement of a London squat, the Raincoats reinvented what punk could be. They had a violin player. They came from Portugal, Spain, and England. Their anarchy was poetic. Working with the iconic Rough Trade Records at its...

Punk and Hardcore

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...In an essay on the ethics and aesthetics of punk, Mark Sinker (1999: 120) invites us to ‘imagine the ensuing centuries of Judeo-Christian moral debate had Moses returned from the mountain carrying not two stone tablets inscribed with five...

Songs of Innocence and Inexperience: The Roots of Sarah

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Scholarly Books

...Songs that have come to be regarded as revolutionary tend to share something in common: they sound authoritative, sure of themselves, as if their historical destiny is a foregone conclusion. The twin snare cracks that open ‘Rock Around...

Gang of Four's Entertainment!

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...Following hard on the explosion of British punk, in 1979 Gang of Four produced post-punk’ smartest record, Entertainment! For the first time, a band wedded punk’s angry energy to funk’s propulsive beats-and used that music to put across...

Ultra

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Ultra (short for Ultramodernists) was a post-punk avant-garde experimental genre born in the Netherlands that attracted national and international attention between 1979 and 1983. Its prime movers were art students from the Rietveld Academy...

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Productive boredom and unproductive labour: Cabaret Voltaire in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire

Mad Dogs and Englishness : Popular Music and English Identities

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...The focus of this chapter is twofold but in each case involves us returning to the 1970s. First, I propose to revisit some theoretical debates that were being conducted at that time from within British Marxism, in relation to certain...