Listen to Punk Rock!
Exploring a Musical Genre
by June Michele Pulliam
April 2021, 274pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6572-5
$63, £47, 55€, A86
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The anti-corporate ethos of punk rock has encouraged many women, who have been historically shut out of the music business, to form their own bands and to share their perspectives via their music.

Listen to Punk Rock! Exploring a Musical Genre discusses the evolution of punk from its inception in 1975 to the present, delving into the lasting impact of the genre throughout society today.

Listen to Punk Rock! provides readers with a fuller picture of punk rock as an inclusive genre with continuing relevance. Organized in a roughly chronological manner, it starts with an introduction that explains the musical and cultural forces that shaped the punk genre. Next, 50 entries cover important punk bands and subgenres, noting female punk bands as well as bands of color. The final part of the book discusses how punk has influenced other musical genres and popular culture.

The book will give those new to the genre an overview of important bands and products related to the movement in music, including publications, fashion, and films about punk rock. Notably, it pays special attention to diversity within the genre, discussing bands often overlooked or mentioned only in passing in most histories of the movement, which focus mainly on The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones as the pioneers of punk.


  • Provides a thorough overview of the evolution of punk music from 1975 to the present
  • Covers bands composed of women and people of color that are frequently overlooked in other books
  • Introduces readers to the breadth of the genre by including as many bands, musicians, and notable songs and albums as possible as entries
  • Contextualizes punk music in the introduction in order to prime readers to explore entries in any order they choose
June Michele Pulliam teaches courses on horror fiction and film, young adult fiction, and women's and gender studies at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and has been a punk rock enthusiast and riot grrrl since 1979. Her publications include Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend, The Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth, Hooked on Horror: A Guide to Reading Interests in the Genre, Monstrous Bodies: Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction and Richard Matheson’s Monsters: Gender in the Stories, Scripts, Novels, and Twilight Zone Episodes, as well as ABC-CLIO’s Read On… Horror Fiction.

Exploring Musical Genres

Each book in this genre-and performance group-based collection provides the reader with background information on a specific musical genre, critical analyses of significant examples from the genre, and a discography and analysis of must-hear examples. Although written by scholars, the series is for the lay reader and general music fan.
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