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From punk to post-punk
A tale of three cities
in Networks of sound, style and subversion
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This chapter discusses the transition from punk to post-punk as it played out in three of the major geographical centres of post-punk innovation: Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. It focuses on four common academic themes: focal places, local culture, taste makers and the primacy of the network, support personnel, and cooperation, conflict and elites. The post-punk pioneers of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield tended to know others in their city, because their love of alternative music drew them to the same places. The relations were sustained, in some part, because they returned repeatedly to those same places. The chapter concludes by drawing out some of the qualitative similarities which have emerged in the networks of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. Competition and the dominance of certain factions were important elements in each of these networks.

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Networks of sound, style and subversion

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


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