Punk Cultural Jamming: An Explosion of Negatives

Rising like vapours between the cracks and vents surrounding music such as; The Blues (1890s-1900s), Rock and Roll (1940s), Soul (1950s-60s) and Disco (1970s), wrenched an ugly and unexpected side to the popular Cultural Revolution in Britain, Punk. Punk was intently dirty, derogatory and not to put too fine a point on it, its British born beginnings were not musically, nor aesthetically pleasing, making Punk a true reflection of life at that moment. It was the birth of another shock and awe countercultural trend and just like those that preceded it, the shock and awe was a way for working class youth to reveal and release the ugliness that life had dealt them. British Punk went further in some Subcultural sections of the movement, to ensure fear amongst the wider communities, such as the use of the Swastika. Its intent was to instil fear into the community, not as a fear of a return to Nazism, but as a repellent to those who might seek to culturally jam the growing Punk subculture. Punk provided a true snap shot into a politically constructed anarchistic generation that quickly infiltrated popular cultural music, film and fashion scenes, despite conservatisms attempts to completely destroy it. Punk was ‘Cultural Jamming’ at its finest, and Britain’s youth were not alone, Australia and America were also creating Punk around the same period.

Punk Cultural Jamming