Oct 15 2012 ∞
“ Kugelberg writes in his opening essay: “The legacy of punk is simple: the immediate implementation of D.I.Y. grassroots culture among the young. No distance. Form a band, start a blog, become an artist, a DJ, a guitar player, an editor.” Nice stuff, all, but far from a liberatory slogan in 2012. What precarious worker in the “creative” fields isn’t expected to have a D.I.Y. cultural product or three on her résumé? What are Etsy, Kickstarter, and Bandcamp if not ways to capture D.I.Y spirit and transform it into respectability, into a job?
— Willie Osterweil’s cranky but smart piece about Punk: An Aesthetic at The New Inquiry