What did punk ever do for us?

Discussion 1 – 2.30pm

Punk has a lot to answer for. Much more than the Sex Pistols, Ramones t-shirts and safety pins. Its DIY attitude arguably affected the cultural landscape of the UK – no longer were people restricted by the tastes of the establishment’s gatekeepers or need to follow traditional paths, be that in the music industry, fashion scene or even literature.

Join in the discussion with Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon; London reggae legend Dennis Bovell; Rhoda Dakar, from female 2 Tone band Bodysnatchers; prototype New York punk Danny Fields; and the man behind Stand Up and Spit, poet Tim Wells. In true punk style, audience interaction is very much encouraged.

Ranting poetry performance 3 – 5pm

After the panel, hear ground-breaking legends like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ranting originators Phill Jupitus, Garry Johnson and Tim Wells, and a new breed of brilliant poets who have been inspired by Ranting and fully embrace it’s angry, sweary, boozy nature, including Sophie Cameron, Salena Godden, Kate Fox, and Words First’s Joseph Beaumont-Howell and Liam McCormick.

Protesting, political, working-class, humorous yet also deadly serious, Ranting poetry of the 1970s and 1980s was allied to the music scene, growing up alongside punk and reggae, and was the vibrant precursor of today’s spoken word. It is the verse that appeals to all, poetry for the people by the people. Stand Up and Spit celebrates this Ranting ethos that is still very much alive and spitting today.

The event will be finished off with a punk-singalong led by Thee Jezebels frontwoman Laura Anderson.

Presented by Stand Up and Spit and Speaking Volumes, bringing Ranting poetry to a new generation.

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