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Punk Articles in The Economist.

Punk Articles in The Economist.

Above Photo: An outraged Sid Vicious reads the Economist article.

I recently came across a short Punk article in the Economist about Punk’s 40th ‘anniversary’ last yearHeaded ‘God Save The Punks’ (subtitled: ‘Punk reaches middle age’), it was written in a mildly piss-taking way, which was a bit irritating, given that they could have used the opportunity to develop quite an interesting article about the movement and the anniversary.

Siouxsie Sioux onstage with the Banshees in the early 1980s.

Siouxsie Sioux onstage with the Banshees in the early 1980s.

The short article said:

The 40-year journey from anarchy to tourist attraction is almost complete. The place of punk rock’s birth in 1976, the King’s Road in London, is now filled with designer shoe shops; its principal ambassador, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), fronts advertisements for Country Life butter. Nonetheless its “attitude and spirit” survive untouched, insists the mayor of London’s office, which is helping to co-ordinate a year-long punk festival in conjunction with such anti-establishment institutions as the British Library and the Museum of London. God save the queen.  

That was it. No history, no insight, nothing. Just a few stupid remarks.

Elvis Costello & the Attractions in 1980.

Elvis Costello & the Attractions in 1980.

Strangely, the Economist has better-covered Punk over the years. Even late last year they produced an excellent article about Ork Records, whose role was so pivotal in the early years of the New York Punk scene. And a couple of years ago, they published an outstanding in-depth piece about Punk and fashion, from which I quoted heavily in my own article about the Met’s Punk to Couture Exhibition (see link below).

The Clash onstage in London in 1978.

The Clash onstage in London in 1978.

It’s shame the Economist couldn’t have given the writer of the Punk/Couture or the Ork Records pieces the task of writing the above article, instead of leaving it to some dickhead Gap Year student who couldn’t resist putting in the final, pointless four-word Sex Pistols song title as a sentence.

I would have even let them reproduce my own article about Punk’s 40th Anniversary if they were so short-staffed (see below).

God save the Economist.

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Malcom McClaren and Vivienne Westwood driving Punk fashion forward in the 1970s, on the King's Road, Chelsea.

Malcom McClaren and Vivienne Westwood driving Punk fashion forward in the 1970s, on the King’s Road, Chelsea.

See also:

http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/music/why-2016-is-being-marked-as-the-40th-anniversary-of-punk-in-the-uk/

And: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/bombed-out/articles/punks-influence-on-fashion-the-mets-punk-from-chaos-to-couture-exhibition/

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