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Anyone Can Do It: Empowerment, Tradition and the Punk Underground
by Pete Dale
For more than three decades, a punk underground has repeatedly insisted that 'anyone can do it'. This underground punk movement has evolved via several micro-traditions, each offering distinct and novel presentations of what punk is, isn't, or should be. Underlying all these punk micro-traditions is a politics of empowerment that claims to be anarchistic in character, in ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Routledge
(first published July 1st 2012)
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It goes into some interesting territory in its exploration of punk in Britain. The author discusses the idealized sense of egalitarianism in the culture and how it is played out in subcultural politics. Despite the assumption that "anyone" can play punk, it becomes instead that one has to grab the tradition, play what you can, and make it into something that fits your abilities.