Belfast Punk History and the Terri Hooley Film Good Vibrations
A few years ago, engrossed in a re-discovery of the power inherent in the music of my youth, I wrote a piece for MRZine expounding the merits of Julien Temple’s movie about Joe Strummer, viewable at http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2007/mcdonnell280907.html
The Future is Unwritten expressed how much of a channel for liberation music can be, especially the raw, gut-filled rhythms of punk rock, and how motivational and uplifting a medium it is for many. While on the one hand, this music was and is just about the joy of being, on the other hand there is always a politicised dimension. And I mean politicised in an archetypal, humanitarian sense of the word, not the dogmatic, ideological constructions we tend to think of as politics.
Punk music is about a lot of things: freedom to express the experience of life in all its peaks and…
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