BOOKCLUB ‘No Future’ Matthew Worley

Tanks to exposure to the sound, politics and attitude of punk in my teens, I have become a keen observer of this youth culture. Tere’s been many a book on this most visceral of scenes over the years. Most of the books have been passable at best, shoddy cash-ins and little more than pulp fiction at worst. Tere have, however, been diamonds such as Jon Savage’s seminal England’s Dreaming, John Robb’s Punk Rock: An Oral History or Alvin Gibb’s regrettably out of print Destroy: Te Definitive History of Punk.

Worley’s No Future can be welcomed into that company with open arms. Subtitled Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture 1976-1984 and written by someone who is both a co-founder of the Subcultures Network and Reading University’s Professor of Modern History, this is not going to be your standard punk text. Yes, it is more academic than most of the books I have read on this subject but, whilst it is informative and educational,




it is also ENTERTAINING and, given the number of notes, a surprisingly easy read.

Te acknowledgments section is a veritable who’s who of the scene. Tere are quotes that I have never read and illustrations that I have never seen before. Te political side is, not unexpectedly, heavy, with Worley exploring the political, social and economic circumstances that gave rise to punk. Along with examinations of both the left and far-left socialist, communist and anarchist constituents, there is also commentary on the far right racist, fascist elements that have, to a degree, been written out of punk’s popular history.

Tis is one of the best of the books I have read in this subject. Because of the academic sociopolitical content, this would not be the first book I would recommend for the curious newcomer. It would however be amongst the top three on my reading list.

8/10 Pavlis

A great friend of Outline is exhibiting at the Norwich Arts Centre ‘Te Place in Between’. It is a new body of work by photographer Andi Sapey. Te series explores themes of journeys and a sense of place within the landscapes of four different countries; Japan, Iceland, Greece and the UK. As I looked at the images I was surprised at the change of colours of the skies and backdrops as different parts of the world are affected by atmospheric changes that undoubtedly provide a different skew on colour.

Andi said “Te work is a personal response to the journeys I have taken and landscapes visited over the last six years. In this fast paced society we seem to concentrate so much on the destination that we often miss the actual journey and the spaces in between. By slowing


down and spending time in these places I wanted to throw focus on the often over looked or ignored landscapes that are equally, if not more, fascinating and memorable. Having an understanding of the landscapes is really important to me and to the creation of this work. Te concept of journeys is echoed in each image with roads, pathways or tracks made by humans or animals featuring in each of the photos taken in the series”.

How true that statement is. How often, even us amateur photographers get so tied up in taking pictures on our mobiles or tablets, that we forget to actually take in and absorb the scene we are witnessing.


Te ExhibItion is on until 20th December, entry to see the exhibition is free .

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