Punk: An Aesthetic

Reviewed by Samara Golden

Sitting here. Thinking.
Feeling a bit disengaged. A bit disenfranchised. Unconnected.
I look at the book. I look at the pictures:
Hundreds of full color photos.
Hand made xeroxed posters.
Pages of  Zines.
Band photos.
A posture.
An immediacy.
A sincerity.
Body attitudes.
Facial expressions.
The images remind me that feeling disenfranchised is part of me, its natural.
Sometimes its good to be ‘against’.
To stand in opposition.
Someone needs to protect the awkward and rejected.
Someone needs to be a defender of possibility.
Punk is something to DO with your anger.
It’s the direct life. Just living it.
Putting forward a belief, even if its a belief in nothing.
I read the essays, interviews, stories, summations:
Jon Savage, Johan Kugelberg, William Gibson, Linder Sterling, Gee Vaucher.
They give their experience.
Discuss the legacy.
Talk about the punk moment as being about energy.
Punk is simple and complex, it lives on as pure emotion: Punk is expression.
Punk will always be inspiring to generations of youth to come.
It’s a celebration of doing things your own way. There is energy in that.
The energy is unstoppable, infinite and very human.
Punk is an engagement with endless possibility, that is its legacy.
The book is a reminder.
An inspirational almanac.
A kick in the ass.
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Jon Savage; William Gibson; Linder Sterling; Ed. Johan Kugelberg; Punk: An Aesthetic, (Rizzoli, 2012) 
Images: Interior images from Punk: An Aesthetic, Courtesy of Rizzoli