Lyrics to this song are included in Double Duce (22).
Here’s a song by Pinhead Gunpowder (one of Aaron Cometbus’ bands) that can be easily related to the cartoonish characters, and peripeteia encountered in Double Duce. Lyrics in the video.
This is the song that became somewhat of an anthem for the venue. Lyrics below the video.
Seems like it was only yesterday nothing to do and nowhere to play but then we could go down to Gilman Street and see Op Ivy every week no violence drugs or alcohol just maximumrocknroll at Gilman Street it’s the place to be it’s the seat of the punk rock scene cause we got the beat and we don’t eat meat it’s a club it’s a place it’s a thing and if the band is hell of rad Tim will start to bounce his head all the kids will jump on the stage and they’ll hit the microphone in your face and you will get a fat lip in the pit at Gilman it’s a safe retreat for a zillion punk rock bands cause they’ve got the club and it’s not enough but at least it’s not Bill Graham it’s Gilman Street Radley does the sound Honey watches the door and James McKinney sweeps the floor Isocracy made a mess we demand nothing less and if you’ve got nothing better to do there’s a meeting every Sunday afternoon and you can make a speech you can rant you can rave you can preach at Gilman Street it’s democracy it’s just one big family it’s a bunch of geeks it’s a load of freaks it’s a club it’s a place it’s a thing it’s Gilman Street.
Picking up from where we left in class, I thought I’d share on the blog a couple of lines from my lecture that some of you found fascinating.
“We couldn’t all sing, but we could all scream” epitomizes the DIY ethics of punk as well, as its inclusivity. One of my favorite definitions of punk is the one proposed by Dan Sinker (founder of the magazine Punk Planet):
If you boil punk down to remove all the hair dye, power chords, typewriters, colored vinyl, leather jackets, glue sticks, show flyers, and combat boots, that question is what’s left at the bottom of the pot. Punk has always been about asking “why?” and then doing something about it. It’s about picking up a guitar and asking “why can’t I play this?” It’s about picking up a typewriter and asking “Why don’t my opinions count?” It’s about looking at the world around you and asking, “Why are things as f****d up as they are?” And then it’s about looking inwards at yourself and asking “Why aren’t I doing anything about this?”
Here’s the link to the NY Times article we played with this morning – I encourage you to check back if needed, as it could be an extremely useful resource to perform close readings of a visual artifact.
Remember your Annotation Assignment #1 (of a two-page excerpt of “Howl”) is due Thursday.
As per your request – here are the slides from my lecture on Counterculture/the Beats/”Howl.”
Dear all –
below are a few jazz tracks to put you in the mood for tomorrow’s class.
Dear class –
It was a pleasure meeting you all today. The prompt for your first blog post is now up in “Your Posts” section.
Just a couple of reminders:
- Do not purchase Aaron Cometbus’ novel just yet. Still hoping we can get permission from him to use it for free.
- For those of you who have yet to send me an email from their QC email account – I strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible/to email me their blog response if they are unable to address their QC email address situation before Th.
Looking forward to Th and to a great semester with you all.
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