One Chord Wonders - Power and Meaning in Punk Rock

Author(s): LAING DAVE

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Originally published in 1985, One Chord Wonders was the first full-length study of the glory years of British punk rock. The book argues that one of punk's most significant political achievements was to expose the operations of power in the British entertainment industries as they were thrown into confusion by the sound and the fury of musicians and fans. Through a detailed examination of the conditions under which punk emerged and then declined, Dave Laing develops a view of the music as both complex and contradictory.


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Dave Laing is an associate editor of the journal "Popular Music History" and an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool who has been researching and writing about popular music, its business, and its politics for more than 40 years. His books include "Buddy Holly" and "The Sound of Our Time." He is a coeditor of "The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World" and "The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music" and has contributed to several collections, including "Cambridge Companion to the Beatles"; "Global Pop, Local Language"; and "The Popular Music Studies Reader." TV Smith was the founder, singer, and songwriter of the Adverts, who formed in late 1976 and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. He continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences.

General Fields

  • : 9781629630335
  • : Independent Publishers Group
  • : PM Press
  • : March 2015
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 781.66
  • : AV