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"Brian H. Sealy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 27 Jul 1993 14:37:16 EDT
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Let's say you had a continuum that began with QUADROPHENIA, in which
punk (technically, the forerunners of punk) clothes, lifestyle generally,
and music particularly play a role in the story itself, and moved through
EDUCATING RITA, in which Hollywood coopts punk insignia and generally
makes them serve Hollywood's purposes rather than expressing what they
meant in the punk subculture of their origin.  What would be a third
text in this continuum, in which punk insignia get used self-consciously
or ironically--dare I say, in a postmodern way?  By people with some
connection to the originating punk subculture, perhaps, or at least more
authentic connections than Hollywood can claim, but not without a
consciousness of using clothes, music, lifestyle, as much for their
own sake or because they have taken on some sort of meaning of their
own as because that's what happens to identify the characters in the
Thanks for any suggestions that may occur to you.
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