Happy Birthday Punk

Happy Birthday Punk: the British Library celebrates 40 years of anarchy and innovation

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To mark the movement’s anniversary, the library is unpacking its punk archive. The show’s curator talks us through some of the highlights.

‘Punk is not an easy thing to define,” says Andy Linehan, curator of popular music at the British Library. “As with any type of music, people will say, ‘That’s punk’, ‘No, that’s punk’. Some say punk died in a specific year, others say punk lives.”

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