Irony in Polish Punk of the 1980s as a Form of Contestation

  • Anna G. PiotrowskaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


The chapter argues that the songs, and especially performances, of the Polish punk bands of the 1980s can be read as reactions targeted against the restrictions imposed by communist authorities. But while the disseminators of official Polish propaganda clearly denounced the punk movement by borrowing from Cold War discourse, the paper argues that the irony of the situation can be found in the fact that the same type of rhetoric was internalized by punk bands and their fans as part of their rebellion.


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  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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