Sorry, Donald Trump. You’re Not Punk Rock

Is Donald Trump punk rock? The question has come up recently in articles in the Atlantic and Taki’s Magazine. In the Atlantic’s “Donald Trump, Sex Pistol,” James Parker writes that “with his followers,” Trump “has co-created a space in American politics that is uniquely transgressive, volatile, carnivalesque, and (from a certain angle) punk rock.” Trump … Continued

Music, Politics

Punk at the Museum and the Virtue of Boredom

Has the loss of true boredom, due to the digital revolution, led to a collapse in artistic creativity and innovation? I’m inclined to think it has, and it ties in with the recent nostalgia for both punk and the 1980s. It seems that not a lot of vital or compelling art has been produced since … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Punk Rock’s Moment

With the re-election of President Obama, punk rock (and perhaps the arts as a whole) has an opportunity to become relevant again. Liberalism has become a slow-moving target for a clever satirist, and some of the smartest satirists I’ve ever known have come out of punk rock. Punk is often considered an anarchic or at … Continued

Entertainment, Music, Politics

Russia’s Rock N Roll Riot

By now it’s an established fact that the punk revolution of the late 1970s led to a genuine artistic achievement, as the movement and its Do It Yourself (DIY) ethic gave bands like U2, Green Day, and Radiohead the ability to create their own sounds in unique and imaginative ways. Incredibly, punk is still producing … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Rock of Ages and the Real 1980s

by Mark Judge Don’t get me wrong. I love pop music and am opposed to hipster orthodoxy and the tyranny of cool. But enough is enough. I am protesting Rock of Ages, the cheesetastic new movie that’s based on the craptastic Broadway show. It basically a celebration of garbage 1980s hair metal, from Bon Jovi … Continued

Books, Entertainment, Movies, Music

Did Punk and Politics Ruin Bruce Springsteen?

Judging by some things I’ve written, you might think that I don’t like Bruce Springsteen. Actually, there was a moment in time when I loved Bruce Springsteen. It was his selling out after that moment that turned me off. Ironically, Springsteen, Mr. Authenticity, lost his musical way because he copied the style around him rather … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The $8,000 Chicken McNugget–The Telegraph Is This Headline Out of Line?–Rolling Stone The Punk Businesswoman Debuts at Paris’ Fashion Week–WSJ The Amazing Thank-You Notes of Famous People–Huff Post Are These Magazine Covers Racist?–The Daily Beast The Story Behind the “Keep Calm & Carry On” Poster–Atlantic The New Morality of Eating: Sin, Confession, Penance–Spiked The Lorax … Continued