Sell Out Now
Issue

7.1 / Sell Out Now

September 10 2015

Introduction

I know what you’re thinking: how cynical of Art Practical to give a dealer the job of editing an issue devoted to punk rock. Dealers are the monetizers of culture, the fork-tongued descendants of hip capitalists, those Bill Graham music presenters of hippie days gone by who set the standard for co-opting counterculture so it can be watered down and sold back to the mainstream as a T-shirt or an album. The choice seems even more galling since one of the things people cherish about punk rock—perhaps the thing they cherish most about punk rock—is the value placed on authenticity. The Wikipedia definition of selling out includes a section on punk rock. That's like saying there's a picture of Jello Biafra in the dictionary next to authenticity. That scenario would be comical if not for the subject's sour gravity, which you can taste in the suicide note of Kurt Cobain, who lost touch with that authenticity and paid for it with his life. Listen to the despair in his voice after falling prey to the falseness that so often accompanies fame and fortune: "All the warnings from the punk rock 101 courses over the years, since my first introduction to the, shall we say, ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community has proven to be very true." — Steven Wolf

Features

Sell Out Now

Sell Out Now

By Steven Wolf

When punk rock came along with its backslang of exclusivity, its lions’ gate of dark aesthetics and angry ideology, it perfectly suited my needs.

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A Brief History of Riots: 1977

A Brief History of Riots: 1977

By Allan deSouza

1977 was a coming of age of new communities fighting for their rights of citizenship, forming new identifications, and transforming the social landscape with different kinds of bodies and hybrid cultural manifestations.

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Punk Thing

Punk Thing

By Brandon Brown

From grief and distortion, from anger and a wild commitment to new sights and sounds, punk came into existence.

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Excerpts from Clerk Fluid

Excerpts from Clerk Fluid

By Steven Wolf

These three pages from Clerk Fluid (2009) feature a well-intentioned text overlaid with Mark Flood’s own sarcastic reading.

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Quivery and Costumed

Quivery and Costumed

By Kirsten Olds

The performance is shaped by what’s reflected in the mirror, an image that is distorted, and, of course, fleeting. 

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Interview with Juan Luna-Avin

Interview with Juan Luna-Avin

By Steven Wolf

Punk recordings began to appear about 1983 and reflected the intensity of a city that was under the watchful eyes of the government.

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Echoes Are All I See

Echoes Are All I See

By marcella faustini

The unraveling and blurring of the psyche in the urban setting is, ultimately, the most compelling element of Miller’s work.

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