London's Burning: An Exploration in Punk Subculture
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Thesis written in 1980 for a BA in sociology at the University of Antwerpen, Belgium, on punk subculture. It explores the sociology of punk in Britain, its history and cultural aspects such as music, imagery, fanzine publications and independent record labels. The analysis section embeds the phenomenon in the rich tapestry of British post-war youth cultures. It has a new (2011) preface and is concluded with short essays and updates. It contains original punk rock band photography and a substantial bibliography and URL resource list.
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Hans Versluys was born in Belgium in 1958 where he spent most of his early years.
He studied sociology and development economics in Antwerpen and was involved in the Belgian punk scene and underground radio movement in the early 1980s. In 1987 he moved to London where he worked as a media monitor. In 1990 he emigrated to New Zealand, where he now works as a public service television programmer.
He lives with his partner and two cats on Waiheke Island.