- Format: eBook
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-2061-8
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Published Date: August 2018
- BIC Category: c 1970 to c 1979, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Punk, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Rock & Pop Music, Society & social sciences / Popular culture, Sociology, Popular culture, News media & journalism, Politics & government, Punk & New Wave, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / General
Ripped, torn and cut offers a collection of original essays exploring the motivations behind - and the politics within - the multitude of fanzines that emerged in the wake of British punk from 1976. Sniffin' Glue (1976-77), Mark Perry's iconic punk fanzine, was but the first of many, paving the way for hundreds of home-made magazines to be cut and pasted in bedrooms across the UK. From these, glimpses into provincial cultures, teenage style wars and formative political ideas may be gleaned. An alternative history, away from the often-condescending glare of London's media and music industry, can be formulated, drawn from such titles as Ripped & Torn, Brass Lip, City Fun, Vague, Kill Your Pet Puppy, Toxic Grafity, Hungry Beat and Hard as Nails. The first book of its kind, this collection reveals the contested nature of punk's cultural politics by turning the pages of a vibrant underground press.
'In Ripped, Torn and Cut, The Subcultures Network provides ample evidence that fanzines can and should be taken seriously. The book will be of significance to any historian working on British youth culture, but there is plenty to interest historians working on cultural theory, ageing, personal testimony, publishing and networks. It forms an important and welcome intervention into the history of British youth culture.'
Sarah Kenny, University of Birmingham, Sheffield, Contemporary British History, January 2019