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Art attacks and killing jokes: The graphic language of punk humour

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The first part of this study, published in Punk & Post Punk 2.2, positioned punk within an historical and cultural context in relation to humour, comedy, satire, profanity and the absurd. This second part of the article places further emphasis on the visual identity of punk, post punk and hardcore groups, and on the graphic strategies employed by designers to reflect an underlying satirical core at the heart of the subculture.
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Keywords: d├ętournement; graphic design; humour; parody; punk; rhetoric; satire

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: London College of Communication

Publication date: February 1, 2014

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