Never mind the bigots: Could punk save the 21st century?

To the untrained eye it might have just looked like a passing blur of sweat and swearing. But the spirit of Punk was so much more, and it’s far from dead. Extinction Rebellion, Occupy Wall Street, and the BLM marches were all fuelled by the urgent need to break the status quo.

The aesthetic of non-conformity has changed (although the rainbow hair and tattoos have endured) but the sociopolitical coda of punk – anti-authority, anti-greed – is tailor-made for the social media age. What can the new generation of activists, still frantically searching for ways to break and remake the world, learn from their counterparts from 40 years ago?

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Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner

Celeste Bell
Filmmaker; Celeste spent her earliest years living on a Hare Krishna commune in the Hertfordshire countryside with her mother, Poly Styrene. Celeste currently manages her mother’s artistic estate, co-curating an exhibition alongside Mattie Loyce at the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning Centre in Brixton

Stephanie Phillips
Journalist, Big Joanie. Stephanie is a Midlands-born arts & culture journalist and freelance copywriter based in London. Her book, Why Solange Matters, analysing the creative journey of Solange Knowles, is out in May 2021 on Faber in the UK