Punk-chic(k) Lit goes global: Vanguard or old guard? Event as iCalendar

(Media and Communication, School of Social Sciences)

06 April 2017


Venue: Room 303, Arts 2 Building (207-303)

Professor Marianne Franklin | Goldsmiths, University of London

A string of "female rock memoirs" in recent years has been challenging standard accounts of the music and politics of the various "indie" scenes that punk kick-started forty years ago. The talk is based on a forthcoming study of memoirs by Patti Smith, Viv Albertine, Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein, Chrissie Hynde and Britt Smith Start; the publication of Cosey Fanni Tutti's just this month notwithstanding. It treats these interconnected narratives as an emerging "primary" literature that can contribute to studies of the music, culture and politics nexus across the disciplinary spectrum. As they provide other ways of listening to the back catalogue of prominent (proto-)punk and riot grrrl bands, these authors confront androcentric understandings of what counts as - and sounds like - political music.

The talk and selected tracks will consider how first-hand accounts like these can shed light on the sex-gender, race and class undercurrents in music-making - making it in music - from the perspective of musicians whose legacies reach beyond having once been a "girl in a band" or "in a girl band".

Marianne Franklin is Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. Along with this book, she is also working on the follow-up to Resounding International Relations: On Music, Culture, and Politics (Palgrave). Sampling Politics: Music and the Geocultural is due out next year with Oxford University Press. You can follow her on Twitter @GloComm.

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