As Larry Livermore suggests in the excrepts from How To Ru(i)n a Record Label that I shared with you – the Gilman Street Project significantly shaped the identity of the punk-rock commons worldwide and inscribed in its mythology a collectivism and a quasi-utopian mode of togetherness that insisted on process and becoming, somewhat challenging the nihilistic character frequently attributed to punk.
I’d like for you to perform a close reading of a song by Operation Ivy (one of the bands that more than any other influenced the East Bay scene) and try to relate it to both what Larry recounts in his book and what we discussed in class about punk (DIY, inclusiveness, futurity, community/commons, utopia, nihilism, and more).
You can choose any of the songs from their record Energy, all of which can be easily found on YouTube. Feel free to comment on lyrics (don’t forget to ask yourself what imagery and literary devices they employ), sound, and what not.
You may want to read a little about Gilman, Larry and Op Ivy online to get a better understanding of the context, but – as usual, do not look for inspiration elsewhee (including on Genius.com) for your blog post.
Length Requirements: 500-750 words. Try and make the most of it – I’d like for you to skip placeholder introductions (I know very well of/about Larry, Op Ivy, Gilman, and others) and get to the core of the aspect you decide to focus on right away.
Also – I’d like for you to start thinking about (and formulating, at the bottom of your post) questions you’d want Larry to address when he comes to visit our class next week. Keep in mind that, as I mentioned in class, he was also a participant in several countercultural movements before becoming one of the East Bay punk scene herdsmen (and herdswomen).