Bernière, Vincent y Primois, Mariel. Punk press

Bernière, V. y Primois, M. (2013). Punk Press: Rebel rock in the underground press 1968-1980. New York: Abrams

“It’s now called empowerment, but at that time it was just the overwhelming sensation that if you had something to say, you should say it there and then. There was no time to lose. No hesitation. This burning need to communicate was given rocket fuel by punk rock, a noisy, speedy, violent pop culture produced out of scarcity: The form matched the content, and the content matched the form, Punk’s focus was narrowly intense, and it transmitted into a galvanizing energy.” (Bernière:2013;6)

What I loved about fanzines was that the opportunity was there to do anything you wanted. There were no constrictions of budget, imagined readership, focus groups, CEO’s dictating editorial policy. Whatever was on your mind, you could just do it. A magazine of pure graphics with no words? Great! Articles about the situacionist? Bring it on! S&M graphics to annoy the general public, or articles slagging off punk groups: more of it! (Bernière:2013;6)


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“Iggy Pop – the first punk? Only one step separated The Stooges’ “No Fun” from the Sex Pistols “No future”. The tuterlary figure of primal punk is hard to identify. Elvis Presley might have been that person, while he was still in his role as the anti-conformist, sexually provocative proletarian. Lenny Bruce, a hipster with a penchant for jazz, drugs, sexual freedom, and hilarious sacatological sketches, who died of an overdose in 1966, may have been another. But history has ordained Iggy Pop as punk’s principal ancestor/high priest. The Michigan-born Iggy had little time for the English bands. Quoted by Legs Mc Neil and Gillian McCain in Please Kill Me, he declared: “Once I heard the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, and even Chuck Berry playing his own tune, I couldn’t go back and listen to the British Invasion, you know, a band like the Kinks. I’m sorry, the Kinks are great, but when you are a young guy and you’re trying to find out where your balls are, you go ‘Those guys sound like pussies!’… I thought, What you gotta do is play your own simple blues. I could describe my experience based on the way those guys are describing theirs… So that’s what I did. I appropiated a lot of their vocal forms, and also their turns of phrase-either heard of misheard or twisted from blues songs. So ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ is probably my mishearing of ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’.” In concert, Iggy Pop made up for his deficiencies in the vocal department with nonstop phenomenal energy. He performed naked in a dog collar, rolled in broken glass, and walked on spectators’ heads. Along with the MC5… Iggy and the Stooges… were the central creative impulse for the punk movement in 1969.” (Bernière:2013;214)