Blank Generation: The Cold War and the History of Punk Subculture

  • 2016

Blank Generation: The Cold War and the History of Punk Subculture

Author:
Shalon van Tine
Abstract:

During the Cold War, mainstream society struggled to adapt to changing times, leading to the growth of various countercultures. The rise of societal and cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s was a direct reaction to the political uncertainty of the period, and the boundless optimism experienced by the Baby Boomer generation was replaced with the disillusionment of Generation X. Plagued with economic, social, and cultural problems, the youth culture reacted by creating their own independent music and style that sought to fight these problems through artistic protest and social change. Punk music and punk culture emerged during this time as a reaction against the demoralizing political events related to the Cold War and against the mainstream values and commercialization of the Baby Boomer generation. The political, social, and cultural phenomena of the punk movement were inextricably intertwined, and the punk subculture was undeniably connected to the social and cultural consequences of the Cold War era.