While all there’s left from my Punk period
is some political influences, methodology perhaps and
this self made sleeveless T-shirt with a Crass patch
and despite of not having any photographical piece
to support it, I remember that formative time fondly.
After reading (former punkette?) Jessica Bruders’ article
Real Punk Belongs to Fighters (NY Times.com – 08/06/2012)
I found myself wondering too where Punk has gone
and reached conclusion based on my own experience,
making a distinction between movement and philosophy.
As any movement, Punk is the product of its own significant
political time, only vibrant in the countries given in the article
and elsewhere because their situation mirrors to some extend
(or more extremely) the social oppression that was installed then.
But once these countries will be “on par” with our Western doings/bad habits,
the movement with its impact will water down and see Punk off the streets,
only to come back as a revival just like hippie, Beat and Rockabillies.
Music wise, it’s very unlikely that Punk (or any genre for that matter)
will be rattling the cages when looking at the current music charts.
However the mindset, ideology or whatever you want to call it,
transcends the period it was born in. Undoubtly, existing long before
it was even called Punk. I find bits of it in demonstrations like Occupy,
Picnic the streets and on the world wide nest with Anonymous.
Being a free form of thinking based on strong social equality
and what I feel is an often overlooked point: personal development,
it is able to evolve and persist in this modern age.
So, Even though I still enjoy listening to some old punk records
-rather than have a resurgence of it as it was back in its peak days,
I prefer the Punk movement being inspirational for its ideas
and non-conformism. But if it should rise again, let’s hope it
won’t be a copy of old hairdos, uses and ways as seen in media.
That wouldn’t be much Punk, would it?
article: Real Punk Belongs to Fighters