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Punk Fashion

It can be argued that the look of punk was as important as the music. In a pop context, this means the clothes and accessories of punk. It also means …

Creating space: Rachel Garfield

In this discussion, Professor Rachel Garfield, Head of the School of Art at the University of Reading says that punk ‘opened the door for possibility’. This led to changed opportunities …

Parallels with today: Rosie Patten

University of Reading student, Rosie Patten, studies History and has completed a module called ‘Anarchy in the UK’ which she discusses here with Matthew. It’s led her to a much …

Punk iconography: Scott King

How did punk influence art and design? Listen to Scott King explain how ransom note lettering – one of punks major contributions to graphic design – can still evoke a …

A voice for the many: Lucy Robinson on fanzines

Watch Lucy Robinson, Professor of Collaborative History at the University of Sussex, explain why fanzines were the perfect medium for punk and why they’re so useful for historical research. Reflect …

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to ‘Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-78’, a two-week online course produced by the Department of History and the Online Courses team at …

The people: Jonh Ingham

Jonh Ingham, writing for Sounds and Caroline Coon, writing for Melody Maker were the first journalists to document the emergence of punk. In this dicussion, Jonh mentions the infamous Bill …

Punk and Sexuality

British punk was notable, early on at least, for the women involved in constructing and shaping the culture. Women in Punk Vivienne Westwood’s partnership with Malcolm McLaren forged a style …

Punk Art and Design

Punk Record Sleeve Art Record packaging provided another opportunity for punk communication. Where best applied, as by Jamie Reid (Sex Pistols) or Linder Sterling and Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks), the sleeve …

What’s next?

Congratulations! You’ve completed Week 1 of ‘Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-78’. You’ve reflected on the different meanings of the term ‘punk’ and explored the context …

Power of the zine

As we’ve already seen, Punk did not ‘invent’ the fanzine; its history may be traced back to Sci-Fi enthusiasts in the mid-century via detours into poetry magazines and the countercultural …

Thanks and good luck!

Many thanks for taking the course, I really hope you enjoyed rummaging around in punk’s detritus. It’s been great for me, meeting people like Jordan and Jonh Ingham to hear …

The Sound of Punk

British punk had a diverse range of sounds and styles which codified over time to become recognisable as ‘punk rock’ before developing further and splitting into various sub-strands of ‘post-punk’. …

Fanzines in the Punk Era

The brilliance of fanzines was that they could be anything. They came in different sizes (depending on the paper); they might be Xeroxed or offset-printed or Gestetnered. In the 1970s, …