Toxic Grafity’s punk epiphany as subjectivity (re)storying ‘the
truth of revolution’ across the lifespan
thing from my mind because I was overwhelmed by flashbacks from complex post-traumatic stress and … major
1 ‘Mike Diboll’ refers to the legal person imbued with citizenship, rightsandresponsibilities before the law.
2 Toxic ran for six issues, 1978–82; each issue carried a different misspelling of ‘graffiti’.
3 Matthew Worley, ‘Punk, Politics and British (Fan)zines, 1976–84: “While the world
was dying did you wonder why?”’, History Workshop Journal, 79:1 (2015), 76–106.
4 Paul Willis, Learning to Labour: How Working-Class Kids Get Working
America’s last frontier hero in the age of Reaganite eschatology and beyond
’s current involvement in Vietnam and the struggle for Civil
Rights at home while deploying the traditional iconography, plot
lines and characters of the genre to provide a sustained assault on
establishment ideology, specifically notions of class, race and gender.13 Now questions as to who actually owned the nation and its
dreams were being transported back into the Old West to ask a range
of questions: Who can be said to define or constitute a nation? Who
really owns the land? Who decides what it is to be an American?
And what rightsandresponsibilities may that entail
crew. In an argument over a consent form, we see characters discuss the
rightsandresponsibilities of the filmmakers, and the control which the
filmmakers have over what is seen and not seen. (There is the brief
suggestion that a non-consenting doctor could easily be cut from the film.
She reluctantly signs the form, saying ‘just keep my piece off Hard
Copy , okay?’) There are numerous aspects of the episode which
André Malraux’s approach to art history as well as Godard’s
theory of montage. Rosenthal also shares Godard’s discourse on rightsandresponsibility, implying a ‘devoir’ rather than
‘droits d’auteur’ 15 when he suggests that the Louvre is stealing works of art
from the public: ‘le directeur du Louvre ne veut plus simplement
protéger la Victoire de Samothrace , il veut être
l’ auteur de