Comrades in bondage trousers
How the Communist Party of Great Britain discovered punk rock
in Labour and working-class lives
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This chapter demonstrates how and why a section of the Young Communist League (YCL) came to embrace punk as a signal of youthful revolt at least somewhat in tune with the objectives of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). It considers the party's debate on youth culture as a means to expose tensions that served both to enliven but also to fragment the left over the later twentieth century. The Socialist Workers' Party's support for and involvement in Rock Against Racism have, understandably, overshadowed the CPGB's more piecemeal interaction with punk-associated cultures. But while YCL members may not have seized the initiative as decisively as others on the left, some revealed themselves attuned to punk's early stirrings and engaged in wider debate as to the youth cultural changes over the later 1970s.

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