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Punk is Not Dead, It Just Grew Up

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Granted I may be speaking to a subcultural elite here, but being a punk rock parent is possibly harder than it looks. Once all of the gelatin peels away from your Mohawk, and your bondage pants become too tight and cumbersome, it is time to grow up (well, sort of) and face the future you had previously given the finger to. If the number of Ramones and Black Flag onesies are any indication of the unflagging punk rock spirit, there are a lot of parents out there from that pivotal 1977 to 1992 punk rock generation that are trying to mature with some grace, and pass along some of the modified nihilism to their own children that punk wrought.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the new documentary (currently in limited release) The Other F Word, which explores the stories of a dozen or so fathers sharing a certain punk rock pedigree, along with parenting duties. What could have been the premise for a smart, hip sit-com, maybe titled something like “F@#* Authority, It is Still Bedtime,” but instead we have a funny, and sometimes poignantly touching, documentary profiling a certain generation’s struggle to live in accordance to their beliefs while effectively parenting. This is easier than it sounds, considering many of these fathers (sadly, no punk rock mothers are profiled, but maybe that is being held for the sequel) spent much of their life living out of step with the world and gleefully fighting notions of authority and conformity. Now, being authority figures, how do they leverage such responsibilities against their guiding principles of rebellion and anarchy?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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10:51AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

thanks

4:05PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Loved this! Thank you for sharing!!

7:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

I'm in my 40's....and back in the 80's-punk was big --for EVERYONE to see and take notice.I loved it.
Nowadays,kids can't come up with anything that we haven't already seen.......to their shock.

5:22PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Yup..Punk isnow a 10 year-old trying to sing!

9:23AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

yeah, it "evolved" into emo/scene/goth -.-

9:37AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Never did get the Punk thing. Thanks for shedding a light on
the "growing up" aspect.

2:17AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thanks

9:24PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Thank you - I think....

4:11PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

I'm in my last 50's and I still love punk music and listen with my kids and their friends too. Love hard Rock as long as it's not too gothic.

3:06PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

A new trend appears to be emerging among teenagers. My son radiates disapproval when his dad or I engage in conduct unbefitting 50-year-olds. My niece tells me geeks are the most popular boys nowadays.The young 'uns will surprise us yet.

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