Out of the Underground…into the Fire!: Punk Rock, Prefigurative Politics, and History from Below

Endorsed by OHA and WHA

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Local and Community History; Music; Social and Cultural


Though popular and academic interpretations have often flattened punk rock into a cliché fashion style or a handful of breakthrough musical acts, do-it-yourself punk’s accomplishments include a worldwide network of alternative music venues and self-published media, built from scratch over the course of several decades, as well as a set of ethical standards that encourage cooperation and artistic expression and spurn corporate capitalism. In our current moment of overlapping crises and widespread feelings of isolation and hopelessness, punk history may offer a way forward, hand-in-hand, toward a better world.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Katherine Rye Jewell, Fitchburg State University
Katherine Rye Jewell, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of History at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She is the author of Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017). She is currently writing a history of college radio for University of North Carolina Press.

Panelist: Dawson Barrett, Del Mar College
Dawson Barrett is an associate professor of history at Del Mar College in South Texas. His books include The Defiant: Protest Movements in Post-Liberal America, Teenage Rebels: Successful High School Activists from the Little Rock Nine to the Class of Tomorrow, and Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland.

Panelist: Tara Lopez, Winona State University
Tara López is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northern New Mexico College. López is the author of the upcoming book Chucotown Soundtrack: El Paso Punk Rock (University of Texas Press, TBA) and of The Winter of Discontent: Myth, Memory, and History (Liverpool University Press, 2014).

Panelist: Alan Parkes, University of Delaware
Alan Parkes is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Delaware. His dissertation focuses on drug prevention programs and youth culture in post-World War II US history.

Panelist: Christopher Scott Satterwhite, University of West Florida
C. Scott Satterwhite is a historian, educator, and journalist who teaches writing and literature at the University of West Florida. He is the co-editor of A Punkhouse in the Deep South: The Oral History of 309 (University Press of Florida, 2021).