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Punk Rock and German CrisisPsycho Punk and the Legacies of State Emergency

Punk Rock and German Crisis: Psycho Punk and the Legacies of State Emergency [Straining against the strictures of the durable emergency laws and the solidification of conservative power with election of Helmut Kohl in 1982, punk sought to reconstitute the present from its misunderstood ruins. Evidence of this struggle against the parasitic effects of and symbiotic relation between the Federal Republic’s self-defensive and offensive reconstruction—that effected compulsory citizenship via a corporate, legal, medical, and cultural constellation buttressed by the United States’ fears of Soviet encroachment—churns in the flotsam and jetsam left in punks’ wake. This chapter analyzes distinct musical and literary instances of punk’s response to that crisis of hegemonic stabilization: the band S.Y.P.H’s riposte to state and media violence circa 1977 and author Rainald Goetz’s literary retaliation to the subjective event horizon of the Federal Republic’s state of emergency. In what follows, I show how at the core of this aesthetic resistance lies a strategy of upheaval dependent on destabilized positions of social disturbance and on the anarchic scrambling of social codes. In its turn to the past that it did not want, punk fractured the failed catalysts of social revolution in its attempt to stave off normalization of the status quo. Punk’s dystopic fantasies of success against a crisis of cultural stagnation are, in S.Y.P.H. and Goetz’s hands, a performance of terrorist violence that represented an indictment, a critical edge, against the insanity of the real.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
ISBN
978-1-349-46580-4
Pages
53 –84
DOI
10.1057/9781137337559_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Straining against the strictures of the durable emergency laws and the solidification of conservative power with election of Helmut Kohl in 1982, punk sought to reconstitute the present from its misunderstood ruins. Evidence of this struggle against the parasitic effects of and symbiotic relation between the Federal Republic’s self-defensive and offensive reconstruction—that effected compulsory citizenship via a corporate, legal, medical, and cultural constellation buttressed by the United States’ fears of Soviet encroachment—churns in the flotsam and jetsam left in punks’ wake. This chapter analyzes distinct musical and literary instances of punk’s response to that crisis of hegemonic stabilization: the band S.Y.P.H’s riposte to state and media violence circa 1977 and author Rainald Goetz’s literary retaliation to the subjective event horizon of the Federal Republic’s state of emergency. In what follows, I show how at the core of this aesthetic resistance lies a strategy of upheaval dependent on destabilized positions of social disturbance and on the anarchic scrambling of social codes. In its turn to the past that it did not want, punk fractured the failed catalysts of social revolution in its attempt to stave off normalization of the status quo. Punk’s dystopic fantasies of success against a crisis of cultural stagnation are, in S.Y.P.H. and Goetz’s hands, a performance of terrorist violence that represented an indictment, a critical edge, against the insanity of the real.]

Published: Oct 23, 2015

Keywords: Federal Republic; Retrograde Amnesia; Culture Industry; Medical Discourse; Psychotic Behavior

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