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Unite and Fight! England's Punk-Reggae Hybrid

When Bob Marley went to London in 1977 he discovered, documented, and reveled in the punky reggae party.

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Punk and Metal: Frenemies for Life

Worlds collided when punk and metal realized they were opposite sides of the same coin.

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Punk Hybrids: Wham! Bam! Glam-Punk!

Glam Punk is "Rock 'n' roll with lipstick on," sneered John Lennon.

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Punk Hybrids: Back in the Garage

Punk's idea(l)s may have been fostered in Art schools, but its musical foundations were cultivated in garages.

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Rebelling Against the Rebellion: British Punk's Second Coming

Louder, faster, angrier, and harder than punk ever sounded, second-wave punk in 1979 Britain kept the core instrumental ingredients but used and produced them in ways that boiled off any subtleties or sophistication.

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Darkness Illuminates: Goth Punk's Great Escapism

While goth punk's theatricality dramatizes concerns about depression and suicide amongst young people today, its safe spaces are inviting to the otherwise alienated and ostracized.

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Industrial Punk: Here's a Finger, Now Form a Band!

For Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P-Orridge, punk's sonic harshness was welcome but it did not go far enough.

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When You Speak to Your Muse, Does It Answer? It Does in 'Boss Broad'

Wild rebellion and reckless combat are increasingly less valued than ethical wit and spiritual sustenance in Megan Volpert's entertaining and insightful Boss Broad.

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Post-Punk: The Cerebral Genre

The punk spirit would likely have died but for the theoretical questions post-punk forced bands into answering.

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New Wave: Turning Rebellion into Money

If 1977 was New Wave's breakout year, by 1979 it had become an industry force, all but replacing punk as a viable vehicle or term of currency.

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Three Chords and the Truth: The Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash

Ask most punk fans today to name their top ten punk songs and bands and it's likely that the Ramones, Sex Pistols and the Clash will still be there.

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New Atheism's Gender Problems

Can critical humorists help combat the sexism inherent to both religious and secular organizations?

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The Rebel Rockin' Roots of Punk Rock Humor

Humorists have served as the conscience of cultures ever since (and before) court jesters ridiculed omnipotent royalty for its hypocrisy, pomposity, and corruption. Punk continues to fulfill that essential social role in relation to the powers-that-be of the modern world.

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A Cappella Punk: What's Happening to Alternative Comedy in the US?

The DIY strategies and indie allegiances of recent alternative comedians reveal the spirit of punk to be alive and kicking beyond the music world.

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What Happened to British Culture When Alternative Comedy Went from Posh to Punk?

If Alexei Sayle and Rik Mayall represented the Pistols/Clash in-your-face assault and battery side of British punk comedy, Ben Elton was its Elvis Costello, complete with geeky wide-rimmed glasses.

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Haven't You Learned How to Take a Joke? The Comedy-on-Campus Debates

The college comedy deficit means that we are neither taught how to take a joke nor how to interpret one.

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Hardcore Punks and Their Shenanigans in the Outhouse

No security, no sanitation, no backstage services (no backstage), this small, cramped, decrepit shack at the end of a dirt road in Lawrence, Kansas was an essential stopover for the offbeat underground music scene.

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Why, After All These Years, Are We Still Speaking in Sein Language?

Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.

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Whatever Happened to Indie Rock?

As the recent Lawrence Field Day Festival illustrates, indie rock may be artistically benefiting from an increasingly marginalized status in the music world.

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One Nation, Divided by Humor

We may be one nation in America, but today we appear to be living on different planets.

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Can We Say the F Word Yet? On Fascism and Humor

In light of the decrees and executive orders signed thus far by Donald Trump, we might reasonably ask: is fascism relevant to America's current political state?

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Believe Me! Trumpism and the Messianic Impulse

Mario Cuomo once said that candidates campaign in poetry then govern in prose; Trump’s utterances, however, might better be characterized as speaking in tongues.

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