WHITE RIOT: PUNK ROCK AND THE POLITICS OF RACE

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EDITED BY STEPHEN DUNCOMBE & MAXWELL TREMBLAY – VERSO

Punk has largely been considered the white person’s rebellion/resistance music par excellence. While it does have roots in rock and roll (read: co-opted black identity), most of punk’s affects are far enough removed to be indeed considered white, in broad strokes, of course. But such broad strokes indelibly ignore that punk is totally consumed and concerned by race politics, if only implicitly dealing with the “problem” of whiteness — namely, how do white people rebel against white society? How do punks acknowledge their institutional and hegemonic racial privilege (even in an ostensibly enlightened, post-Civil Rights, Western culture; that just means that racism is that much more ingrained/invisible in our culture, but nonetheless all too real) while rebelling against that same privilege, in essence, allying and aligning themselves with marginalized identities? Stephen Duncombe and Maxwell Tremblay collect over 50 essays, articles, reviews, anecdotes and field reports for White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race, one of the definitive entries in the field of race politics, cultural studies and punk.