ALL THIS UNHEARD MUSIC

In  “The  White  Noise  Supremacists,”  Lester  Bangs  ends  with  the  following  sentiment:   At  least  when  you  allow  the  poison  in  you  to  erupt,  that  can  be  dealt  with;   maybe  the  greater  evil  occurs  when  you  refuse  to  recognize  that  the  poison   even  exists.  In  other  words,  when  you  assent  by  passivity  or  indifference.  Hell,   most  people  live  on  the  other  side  of  that  line.     It  seems  that  one  could  read  with  or  against  this  sentiment  in  a  number  of  ways.  In   approximately  1200  –  1500  words,  and  by  using  the  readings*,  music,  and  diy   knowledge  from  our  course,  discuss  the  rationale  for  why  and  how  a  community   should  define  its  inclusivity.     In  your  response,  please  use  the  following  questions  to  guide  your  response:  

• How  inclusive  is  the  punk  rock  community  (based  on  the  texts  that  we   • • • •

have  read,  watched,  and  listened  to)?   What  is  the  community’s  responsibility  to  be  inclusive?   Who  benefits  from  an  inclusive  community?   How  can  any  "scene"  (or  subculture)  truly  remove  itself  from  the  larger   cultures  out  of  which  it  sprang?   Mimi  Nguyen  claims  that  we  need  to  address  the  language,  the  words  we   use  in  describing  “us.”  Seems  reasonable,  but  how  possible  is  it  that  a   focus  on  language  encourages  a  superficial  readings.  In  other  words,  is  it   possible  that  a  good  strategy  for  not  actually  dealing  with  issues  is  to   keep  the  discussion  at  the  level  of  language?     Many  of  our  recent  readings  claim  that  popular  music  has  political   dimensions  (even  if  popular  music  claims  otherwise).  What  are  the   strengths  and  weakness  of  such  a  position?  What  can  popular  music   accomplish  in  the  world?    

*I  encourage  you  to  use  any  of  the  course  readings,  but  make  sure  that  you  at  least   three  articles  in  our  second  sequence  of  readings  (Mailer  –  Nguyen)  and  Rombes’   book  Ramones.     email  your  paper  by  midnight,  Wednesday  October  19  

 

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