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"Everyone's Given Up and Just Wants to Go Dancing": From Punk to Rave in the Thatcher Era

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Some adherents of dance musics such as acid house argued in the last half of the Thatcher era (1979-90) that "rockism," including the belief of punk rock that music could play a transgressive social role, should be abandoned. Dance and rock music, however, were interfused throughout the period and, far from surrendering to Thatcherism, steadfastly opposed it. The historical perspective on punk rock continues to be tainted by anti-rockism nonetheless, and thus it is important to understand the rather ludicrous origin of the latter in academic postmodernism.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2007

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