A rebellious spirit who sought to break the rules of fashion, but what will the House of Westwood be like without its eponymous designer?
Portrait of Madame Gely by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1907).
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From Madame de Pompadour to punks and pussy protest hats, pink has always been the colour of choice for those who dare to make a statement.
After Anita Lane died, former collaborator Nick Cave said she “despised the concept of the muse but was everybody’s”. Meera Atkinson highlights her achievements – with help from those who knew her.
From songs on the Spanish revolution to others on American Imperialism, Strummer’s lyrics inspired a generation of music-lovers to action.
The sounds and attitude of punk were all about not conforming to the norm and rebelling against all that came before it.
Comparing Beethoven to punk rockers is based on the composer’s attitude to tradition, but is it an accurate categorization?
In popular media, Beethoven is imagined as a punk rocker. But what do these claims reflect about our relationship to classical music?
The Triffids photographed in 1987.
Perth band The Triffids were indie pioneers, and their charismatic vocalist David McComb, who died at 36, wrote lyrics imbued with the Western Australian landscape. A new film charts his story.
Peter Hook at a recent Joy Division Orchestrated performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
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The music alone, despite its unquestionable majesty, cannot entirely explain the enduring appeal of a band that existed for barely two years before its lead singer took his own life.
The US president as avant-garde provocateur.
More than just a musical accolade, UNESCO has recognised the social and political importance of Jamaican music.
Give out but don’t give up: Primal Scream in Madrid, 2017.
The Scottish rocker showed he has clearly lost none of the fire in his belly.
Punk Muslim members from Surabaya and Jakarta gather together for their event ‘Ngobrol Bareng Punk Muslim’ in Jakarta on January 15 2017.
The emergence of the Islamic movement in the Indonesian underground music scene has drawn a lot of people’s attention. What factors are driving the underground youths, especially punks, to religion?
The Joe Strummer mural on East 7th Street and Avenue A in the East Village, New York.
“The Magnificent Seven” was a slice of daily life, a class struggle song framed by the sound of funk and the emergent hip-hop in New York.
The cover of “Ghost town”.
A 1981 odd and eerie protest song, ‘Ghost Town’, still resonates today. It remains a cry out against injustice, against closed off opportunities by those who have pulled the ladder up.
Stormzy performing at Glastonbury Festival, 2017.
Grime could provoke the most disruptive cultural transformation of the British music industry in decades.
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren’t known for their positivity, but ‘solarpunks’ are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
Pimania was a product of Thatcherite entrepreneurial spirit, mixed with a dash of cheekiness and drippings of subverted expectations.
Fokofpolisiekar’s lead vocalist Francois van Coke.
A pioneering documentary about South African punks, Fokofpolisiekar, doesn’t only focus on the band, but also illuminates the evolution of the documentary form.
A painted bus sculpture entitled ‘Punk'ed’ by artist Valerie Osment at Trafalgar Square in 2014.
In March this year, Joe Corré announced that on November 26 he would burn his collection of punk memorabilia. As the son of Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols) and renowned fashion designer Vivienne…
A young punk at Myanmar’s annual water festival in 2012.
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Punk gave women a voice; changed the dynamic between audiences and performers and offered music fans a DIY smorgasbord. On its 40th anniversary, that’s worth celebrating.