Will Hermes Longreads September 14 minutes 3, words. Punk rock was revolution-minded from the get-go, at least about aesthetics. Its political consciousness bloomed later —- most vividly in the U. Yet for all the anti-Thatcher, anti-Reagan bluster, punk can lay direct claim to just one full regime change. As its numbers swelled, it attracted the attention of the famously ruthless Stasi intelligence and security force basically the KGB of the GDR , whose mandate included crushing any murmurs of rebelliousness or dissent, and who employed a psychological warfare strategy known as Zersetzung , or decomposition, towards those ends. Kids were picked up and interrogated, for hours and even days, for their haircuts, or clothing, or scraps of paper with song lyrics. For even minor transgressions, they lost college placements, government-controlled apartments, and jobs, their parents and relatives often punished in a similar manner.
Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mids, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. But rent was cheap, and the possibilities for musical exploration were limitless.
Those will make her think. I have found strength I never knew I had but if I knew then what I know now, I might have made a different decision. This is a very delicate territory, so tread carefully. Count yourself lucky that your boyfriend is able to even consider going to parties with you even if you don't ultimately make it to them. I married a non-member over 20 years ago.