Punque and the Limits of Globalization
This chapter returns to Paris at the end of the 1970s when punk arrived. French culture influenced the aesthetics of punk, and the French were a critical early audience for many punk groups. Despite Paris’s importance within the punk axis of New York–London–Paris, French punk never developed into a cohesive scene in comparison with the other cities. This was not due to the lack of groups that populated French clubs. Rather, for French punks, the notion of authenticity was rooted in the punk of Britain and the United States, and they could not agree on what defined the authentic, leading to a schism among them. This failure of French punk reveals how not only aesthetic forms but also conventions move through cultural globalization. This chapter chronicles that schism between 1975 and 1980 by examining fanzines, punk recordings, mainstream magazines, and cultural criticism written during the period.
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