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

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Blink-182 and the Silliness of Middle-Aged Rocker Angst

If you were an angsty teenager like me in the mid-to-late 1990s / early 2000s timeframe, finely attuned to all of life’s unfair absurdities—for example, your baseball coach was kind of a jerk, your English teacher just didn’t understand why that poem you wrote was actually deeply poignant and profound, your parents belonged to the … Continued

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Nirvana: Overrated?

I suppose now that so much time has elapsed it’s safe to come out of the closet. I never liked Nirvana. The band, which was led by Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994, blew up in 1991 with the release of the album Nevermind. They are now considered legends, a group that helped “save … Continued

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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

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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

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Music Festival Etiquette: Nicki Minaj vs. Frank Turner

Folk-punk singer Frank Turner and pop-starlet Nicki Minaj don’t have much in common musically, aesthetically, and, it now seems, mannerly. Both Turner and Minaj were recently at a music festival in Scotland called T in the Park. After Minaj allegedly mistreated the backstage crew at the festival and showed up fifty minutes late to her … Continued

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