The evolution of the London network
in Networks of sound, style and subversion
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This chapter tracks the evolution of London's punk world and the network which underpinned it. It investigates the formation of ties between pioneer punks, the emergence of punk's stylistic conventions and the broader relational dynamics and division of labour between protagonists. Network graphs and measures are referred to, but only in so far as they inform discursive attempt to fit the process of punk's emergence together. The chapter suggests that the Sex Pistols' gigs played a big part in the growth of London's punk network. It explains the basic mechanisms of network formation. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop served as a magnet, drawing likeminded individuals into a common space, servicing their (fashion) needs and facilitating the formation of a network which, in turn, cultivated the collective effervescence that gave birth to punk.

Networks of sound, style and subversion

The punk and post-punk worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield, 1975–80




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