Grime: The New Punk?

Punk and Grime music are two different entities yet pose similar positions in their motives. Grime, in a nut shell, has been depicted as the most important youth movement since the initial Punk movement of the mid 1970’s. Interestingly many key characters within the modern-day Punk movement notice this marriage, and rather than condemn and section these movements as different entities they promote them.

The State of Live Music

The initial ten articles of ‘The State of’ have focused on subcultures of varying descents within the last 60 years of British lifestyle. Each subsection details how each ethos has relevance within today’s modern day climate, whilst looking in the past, for inspiration. Some of these subcultures may have more relevance with one, comparatively to little or no significance to the next. Although this may be the case these entire movements share the common ground for their own love of live music.

The State of Indie

It is hard to pin point the exact start of what we know refer to as ‘indie’ music. Whether its name’s forged out of the shortened ‘independent’ record label movement, or born out of the need to be ‘individual’, the indie scene as we know it today has had a continuous impression on the British music scene spanning many decades. The non-conformist nature of the Indie scene, predominately in the post-punk movement, has undeniably torn down conventional ideals, particularly within music.

The State of Northern Soul

Fast paced music born out of Afro-American communities and British pop culture intertwined in the early 1970’s in an undeniably startling blend to form what we now know as Northern Soul. In many ways Northern Soul as a subculture is looked over, particularly in the South of England. The path this music paved, and the fashion that went alongside it, has transformed many traits of youth culture in Britain, to the extent that its ideals are almost taken for granted.

The State of Skate Culture- a sport of expression

After popularisation into mainstream culture in 1986, Skateboarding, and the culture that follows it has been predominately seen as an outsiders past time. Often having bad connotations, young skateboarders along the U.S were slowly gaining a reputation of positivity through films such as ‘Grind’, ‘Lords of Dogtown’ and the cult classic ‘Thrashin’.’ This particular subculture has a distinct difference to previous articles in that there is no set or distinct look, music or attitude.


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