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Inevitably, rock and politics run into each other and bump heads occasionally, but is it possible that rock promotes the patriarchy?
And is it possible that the alternative presentation of masculinity in Indie Rock helps to combat that?
That’s the premise of White Boys, White Noise by Matthew Bannister.
It’s not that we agree with Matthew on every issue, it’s that we respect him for asking the questions and being adventurous enough to dive deep to find answers.
One thing that he makes very clear is just how many interpretations of masculinity exist throughout the scope of indie rock and that many of these contexts do challenge the idea of patriarchal support.
He also notes that the working class “deviance” that is often portrayed alongside rockers is also an unfair stereotype.
White Boys, White Noise is a fairly academic work and the challenging nature of both the language and material won’t suit everyone but if you like to drill down into challenging issues, this is a great book.
You can grab a copy online here.