DISCUSSION As palavras do punk [The words of punk] by Augusto Santos Silva and Paula Guerra
Punk came to Portugal relatively early. Among the latter years of the 1970s and early 80s, it was formed a first national punk scene. It endures to the present day, and to prove it there are the three hundred bands in activity, directly or indirectly related to punk. This book covers the scene from the discourses that it generates about the country and the role of punk. It does so from interviews with 214 protagonists of the punk scene and the content analysis of the names of the bands, the song lyrics, the album covers, the fanzines or the video clips. Thus the book proposes a sociological interpretation of punk development in Portugal that is combined and enriched by the reflections of musicians, promoters, fans and other agents of the scene. The book seeks to answer some key questions: who are the protagonists of the Portuguese punk? How had they constituted a separate scene? How is this scene structured? Who are the people, the bands? Which are the emblematic songs? What do the punks say on themselves and on society? Which messages do they seek to transmit? How do they define their collective identity? What divides and opposes them? Does punk make sense today? So this debate on ‘Words of Punk’ will be guided by these issues.
DISCUSSION: 17 July 2015, 19h30 – 20h30