Post-Punk, Politics and Pleasure in Britain

  • David Wilkinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David Wilkinson
    Pages 1-10
  3. David Wilkinson
    Pages 189-203
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 205-228

About this book


As the Sex Pistols were breaking up, Britain was entering a new era. Punk’s filth and fury had burned brightly and briefly; soon a new underground offered a more sustained and constructive challenge. As future-focused, independently released singles appeared in the wake of the Sex Pistols, there were high hopes in magazines like NME and the DIY fanzine media spawned by punk. Post-Punk, Politics and Pleasure in Britain explores how post-punk’s politics developed into the 1980s. Illustrating that the movement’s monochrome gloom was illuminated by residual flickers of countercultural utopianism, it situates post-punk in the ideological crossfire of a key political struggle of the era: a battle over pleasure and freedom between emerging Thatcherism and libertarian, feminist and countercultural movements dating back to the post-war New Left. Case studies on bands including Gang of Four, The Fall and the Slits and labels like Rough Trade move sensitively between close reading, historical context and analysis of who made post-punk and how it was produced and mediated. The book examines, too, how the struggles of post-punk resonate down to the present. 


Subcultures Popular music History of music Youth culture Political history

Authors and affiliations

  • David Wilkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Contemporary ArtsManchester Metropolitan UniversityUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-49779-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49780-2
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