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Punk Troubles: Northern Ireland by Toby Mott | 2017


Punk Troubles: Northern Ireland | Toby Mott 2017


First Published by Dashwood Books, 2017 on the occasion of the exhibition "Punk Troubles: Northern Ireland" at the American Irish Historical Association

ISBN: 9780996657440

PUNK TROUBLES: NORTHERN IRELAND examines the subject of Northern Ireland punk in the context of sectarianism. The book offers a new and unique perspective on The Troubles and the N.I. punk scene by explicitly highlighting connections between the two. The crude immediacy of the N.I. punk aesthetic and message is shown in relation to the political propaganda of the same period.  A timeline of key NI events creates a dialogue between the history and the material represented. With an in-depth interview with Paul Burgess, principal songwriter of Ruefrex and a key figure in the NI punk scene, who says about NI at that time, ‘If you’re not confused you haven’t understood the situation’.

Designed by Jamie Andrew Reid.

All material courtesy of The Mott Collection


Toby Mott is an artist, designer & collector as well as the founder of Cultural Traffic. His recent publications include: Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 The Mott Collection (Phaidon, 2016), Punk Troubles: Northern Ireland (Dashwood Books, 2017) and Kraftwerk: Dance Forever (Cultural Traffic, 2018). 
Jamie Reid is the Art Director of Dazed & Confused. He has previously worked with Toby Mott on titles such as Skinhead: An Archive (Ditto Press, 2014) and Showboat: Punk/Sex/Bodies (Dashwood Books, 2016). 
Emmanuel O’Brien is an art director working under Jamie Reid Studio. 
Vivien Goldman is a writer/musician AKA NYU’s Punk Professor. She has previously authored: Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot (University of Texas Press, 2019).