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(en) Czech, afed: Family album punk - Review of the book "44 Stamps of Punk" [machine translation]

Date Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:13:16 +0200

Though I have been on the punk scene for less than thirty years, with Vítko Formanek, I first entertained this year, when he also published a book of interviews with 44 punk stamps . He appeared in Prague at the Anarchist Book Festival, where he made several copies on the table just across the bar, and he did not have the need. There is no need to repeat that the modern anarchist movement in the Czech Republic came largely from the then punk subculture, and its vast part still accompanies anarchist ideas and DIY approach. And 44 punk stories, among other things, tells how punk was and is for the bands that made him sound. ---- The number in the title of the book is the number of conversations you find inside, accompanied by a brief history and discography of each band. However, I know from Vítka that he had more than seven dozen of them, but he was left with nothing more than a vote to publish, which he did not. The publisher finally got the Petrklíc publishing house and the book was accompanied by his partner Eva Csölle, who also released the punk fanzin Sex, fun and rock'n'roll. Eva contributed mostly to photographs. It's just that some of the published photos are too small to leave the right impression. But if you look at them, you will see a number of them from the author's couple when you think you are browsing through a family album. However, there is no manifestation of self-esteem. The enthusiasm with which Vitek considers the bands of the question and approaches the subject reveals the sincere joy of what he is doing and that he likes to share his joy and his result with everyone who is interested in it. Perhaps because he is so kind and friendly, he does not have an understanding for those artists who are not interested in making a photo shoot with fans at festivals (like Jello Biafra).

Víttek introduces how he met punk rock in the early 1980s and failed to follow the brief history of punk itself and its roots in the Czech Republic. And that punk We did not lose its subversive potential with the end of the Bolshevik era, confirms in a short preface Karel Bouša (Telex): "I Survived Communism dark and full of euphoria I him on his way by history greeted finger. I greet him in the joyous expectation of democracy, justice and truth. It was a naive wait waiting for Godot. We still wait, even though hope is diminishing. That's why punk is still needed, so punk can not die. "

The red thread stretching out the whole book is Vítkova's attempt to cope with the essence of punk and as if to confirm his earlier knowledge that "with the exception of the punks, they are comfortable people with a clear view of good and evil, with clear resistance to violence, war and torture of animals and good heart ". It is not unusual that much in the interviews expressed in the attitudes of life revolves around being kind (Adicts, Subhumans), living with respect (Anti Nowhere League), living and letting live (Antiseen) instead of great gestures doing what You feel like it is Conflict, be Discharge, Charge 69, and be honest (One Way System, TV Smith), do not hurt anyone and make someone happy (Eddie and the Hot Rods), behave to others , how do you want them to behave to you (Left for Dead, Oi Polloi), cause the least damage (Skeptix),

The book is proof of the variety of punk and the attitude of its protagonists. Some bands want to play the music they love and earn something (Professionals), others want to have fun (Peter and the Test Tube Babies), run away from psychedelic reality (Toy Dolls) or are interested in "more what they were (Cock Sparrer), and others feel the need to send ideas into the world that would make him a better place to live (Barackca, Conflict) or play at Benefit Concerts (DOA). It is good that Vitek left space for even the xenophobic speeches (Age of Chaos). It is not about legitimizing such opinions, but rather to show the plasticity of punk, which is not a narrowly defined box, but we can occasionally encounter in its wide frame things that simply do not scream. Even though at some point of view punk would have had the foundation: "I think the main criterion is not to be a complete idiot. And people who are racists and fascists are fucking idiots. "(Gin Goblins)

But the punk radicality of the young people is not much in the conversation. It's not because it was out of punk but rather because most of the interviewees are usually over fifty. Therefore, even Vítek, the year 1963, is among them as a fish in the water. You will learn more about what the bands of both the first and the second punk waves shaped, both musically and opinionally; what problems did they have with work, unemployment, record companies, drugs, relationships ...; and how they succeed after the long years and what kinds of activities are involved.

Of those not mentioned above, we will name a few other bands, such as Damned, Exploited, GBH, Kud Idijoti, MDM, Nasty Rumors, Pankrti, Ramones, Restarts, Subway Sect, Vibrators, Vice Squad and Zero Point. Next to them, you'll also find an interview with Ian Glaspeer's "punk historian" or Permaculture magazine publisher Tony Rollinson.

Punk is not dead and still has its place, not as a co-opted product of the show business, but in particular in its DIY similarly to "UK Subs" for "Underprivileged, Undeaded and Scared People."

Vítek Formanek, Eva Csölle: 44 punk stamps . 360 pages. For 252 CZK you can order at kosmas.cz .

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