Perhaps you are here because you heard me pushing the punk envelope by talking about Karen Carpenter at the wonderful KISMIF conference in Porto this week. Click on the ‘Skinny blues’ link if you want to download the recent Popular Music article I was mostly drawing from in that keynote. Do let me know what you think.
Am so looking forward to being involved in this wonderful sounding conference in Porto tomorrow, at the University of Porto and the Casa da Música. So many interesting sessions across the entire programme! I guess I should dig out an old copy of DiY Culture for aeroplane reading en route. I am talking with Andy Bennett about his new book, Growing Old Disgracefully? (actually that’s the subtitle but it seems to me that it should be the title) at a book launch on Thursday evening. Then, Friday lunchtime, I’m giving one of the keynote addresses, talking about cripping punk, the cultural practice and expression of disability on that original music scene from the mid-/late-1970s in the UK, Ian Dury, Johnny Rotten, Ian Curtis… You can find the entire packed programme here.