Art punk

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Art punk
Stylistic origins Punk rock, art rock, protopunk, experimental rock, krautrock
Cultural origins Mid-1970s, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland
Typical instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard
Other topics
Post-hardcore (list of bands)
Post-punk (list of bands)
No wave

Art punk or avant punk refers to punk rock and post-punk music of an experimental bent, or with connections to art school, the art world, or the avant-garde.

The earliest bands to be described as "art-punk" were bands from the New York scene of the mid-1970s such as the New York Dolls, Television, and Patti Smith.[1] Bands such as Wire (most of whom had been art students),[2] and The Ex, who have incorporated jazz, noise and ethnic music into their punk rock sound, took elements from the avant garde and were described as "avant-punk".[3][4] Later bands such as Dog Faced Hermans followed a similar path.[5] The No Wave scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s is seen as a branch of art punk,[6][7] and was described by Martin Rev of Suicide as "a valid avant-garde extension of rock".[8] Other bands described as "art punk" include Fugazi,[9] and Goes Cube.[10] Crass have also been described as art-punk due to their incorporation of other art forms into their performances.[11]

In their book Art into Pop, Simon Frith and Howard Horne described the band managers of the 1970s punk bands as "the most articulate theorists of the art punk movement", with Bob Last of Fast Product identified as one of the first to apply art theory to marketing, and Tony Wilson's Factory Records described as "applying the Bauhaus principle of the same 'look' for all the company's goods".[12] Anna Szemere traces the beginnings of the Hungarian art-punk subculture to 1978, when punk band The Spions performed three concerts which drew on conceptualist performance art and Antonin Artaud's "theatre of cruelty", with neo-avant garde/anarchist manifestos handed out to the audience.[13] Wire's Colin Newman described art punk in 2006 as "the drug of choice of a whole generation."[2]

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  2. ^ a b Newman, Colin (2006) "Wire: the art-punk band's journey and legacy", The Independent, 17 February 2006
  3. ^ "Holland's Avant-punk Heroes"
  4. ^ "The Ex: 27 years of Dutch art-punk"
  5. ^ a b Strong, Martin C.: "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  6. ^ a b Taylor, Steve (2004) The A to X of Alternative Music, Continuum, ISBN 0-8264-7396-2, p. 154, 249
  7. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2005) "Kill Your Idols", The Guardian, 8 April 2005
  8. ^ Nobakht, David (2008) Suicide: No Compromise, SAF, ISBN 978-0-946719-71-6, p. 125
  9. ^ "Pinnacle of Punk" article from The Brooklyn Paper
  10. ^ Dolan, Casey (May 5, 2007). "Downloads." Los Angeles Times
  11. ^ Lyskey, Dorian (2007) "Jeffrey Lewis, 12 Crass Songs", The Guardian, 28 September 2007
  12. ^ Frith, Simon & Horne, Howard (1987) Art into Pop, Methuen, ISBN 978-0-416-41540-7, p. 129-130
  13. ^ Szemere, Anna (1997) Up from the Underground: The Culture of Rock Music in Postsocialist Hungary, Pennsylvania State University Press, ISBN 978-0-271-02133-1, p. 41
  14. ^ Goldberg, Michael Alan (2003) "Hanging on the Art Punk Edge: The A-Frames' Beautifully Dark Constructions", The Stranger, 30 January - 5 February 2003
  15. ^ Schild, Matt "It's a Bit Complicated - Art Brut",
  16. ^ a b Kaplan, E. Ann (1988) Postmodernism and Its Discontents: Theories, Practices, Verso Books, ISBN 978-0-86091-211-8
  17. ^ "Jeffrey Lewis, 12 Crass Songs"
  18. ^ Karan, Tim (2006) "Spazmo art-punk with a psychobilly edge", Alternative Press, 6 December 2006
  19. ^ Pat Long (2 May 2009). "Pat Long meets new wave 80s oddballs Devo, who are intent on making a comeback | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  20. ^ "Nightlife", New York, 12 September 1994, p. 175
  21. ^ "Artist info: Futurians". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "CJA". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  23. ^ Crisafulli, Chuck (2003) Nirvana: Teen Spirit: The Stories Behind Every Song, Da Capo, ISBN 978-1-56025-558-1
  24. ^ a b c d Muggleton, David & Weinzierl, Rupert (2003) The Post-subcultures Reader, Berg, ISBN 978-1-85973-668-5, p. 245
  25. ^ Brookes, Tim (2006) Guitar: An American Life, Grove/Atlantic, ISBN 978-0-8021-4258-0
  26. ^ "Hot Hot Heat". Sub Pop. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  27. ^ Wells, Steven (2004) Punk: Young, Loud & Snotty: the Stories Behind the Songs, Thunder Mouth Press, ISBN 978-1-56025-573-4, p. 65
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  29. ^ "Monochrome Set". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  30. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2008) "Staging Their Happenings in an Art-Punk Mode, Embracing the Threat of Chaos", New York Times, 8 May 2008
  31. ^ Ware, Tony (2008) "Athens Art Punk", SF Weekly, 11 November 2008
  32. ^ Milian, Ray (2011) "[1]", Off The Radar Music, 4 April 2011
  33. ^ a b c Reddington, Helen (2007) The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era, Ashgate, ISBN 978-0-7546-5773-6, p. 47
  34. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (2007) "The drinking person's thinking band", The Guardian, 27 February 2007
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  36. ^ Brackett, Nathan & Hoard, Christian (eds.) (2004) The New "Rolling Stone" Album Guide, 4th edn., Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8, p.430
  37. ^ Interview with David Byrne, The Guardian 27 April 2001
  38. ^ "Thursday, September 29". Now Toronto. September 29, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  39. ^ Kot, Greg (2003) "Wire delivers high-voltage act; The art-punk foursome from Britain is back with a new, brutal style ", Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2003
  40. ^ McLean, Craig (June 13, 2009). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: why fans of the art-punk trio can't say no". The Times. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 

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