Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method, you can be a slamming, spit-and-scabies punk rocker and learn about the music's academic side, too. Hosted by the UCLA Center for Musical Humanities, the two-day conference features walkthroughs of the UCLA Library Special Collections Punk Archive plus dozens of panels and workshops on just about every imaginable topic related to punk and its history, culture and ethos: women, Latinos and queer in punk; L.A. and East Coast punk; punk subgenres like hardcore and straight-edge; punk in the digital age; punk fashion; punk films; punk fanzines. Co-organizers Jessica Schwartz (a guitarist and UCLA assistant professor of musicology) and Candace Hansen (a drummer and UCLA Ph.D. student) have assembled an impressive roster of speakers, historians, authors and musicians, including Allison Wolfe, Donita Sparks, Patty Schemel, Pleasant Gehman and Tequila Mockingbird. And though the Friday night concert with Alice Bag and Mike Watt is sold out, the event promises a "punk prom" with photo booth and DJ Juan 38 from punk fanzine Razorcake.
Is there a genre more unscholarly than punk, a movement born out of chaos and anti-authority? At the inaugural