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‘I don’t go to the gigs to go to the gigs – I don’t give a shit about the gigs!’: Exploring gig attendance and older punk women

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This article considers gig attendance amongst a sample of twenty-two older punk women. A feminist methodology was employed, with qualitative data collected through semi-structured interviewing with seventeen older punk women, and an additional five women answering questions by e-mail correspondence. With the majority of the research sample attending gigs on a regular basis, it could be assumed that this meant music was a significance part of ‘doing’ punk but this was realized to be quite a simplistic assumption. The article will consider this in more detail through discussing two key questions: What are the key reasons and motivators behind older punk women attending gigs? What barriers do these women face when it comes to gig attendance?
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Keywords: ageing; gender; gigs; music; punk; social ageing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Bishop Grosseteste University

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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