“beauty is in the street”… (May 1968 uprisings street poster)
The other week, the BBC repeated it’s ‘Punk Britania’ television triptych – ‘Pre-Punk 1972-1976’, ‘Punk 1976-1978’ & ‘Post-Punk 1978-1981’, first aired in 2012.
I could, and frequently do, watch things like this until the cows come home. Gleaning ever more intersections, connecting ever more “goddamned dots”, with each renewed viewing.
This time I was struck with two things, firstly that the copy of, ‘The Truth of Revolution, Brother: An Exploration of Punk Philosophy’, that I had bought a year or so ago, still sat languishing, unopened on the bookshelf. Secondly, that if 1977 had been the high-water mark of the Punk movement, was there something more to this, just beyond half-way through the decade, watershed moment?