Will you remember
Notes on Neil Roberts Day and sites of community memory in Aotearoa punk and hardcore
Keywords:Neil Roberts Day, punk community, lieux des memoires, generational consciousness, commemoration
The official histories have mostly paved over punk in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and in particular, Neil Roberts’s action against the Whanganui Computer Centre in 1982. However, Neil Roberts Day, a community-led day of celebration and remembrance, flies in the face of this generalized forgetting. In this short ‘Riff’, I will begin to explore Neil Roberts Day commemorations through Pierre Nora’s concept of generational consciousness and the lieux des memoires, or sites of memory, and what this might mean for the punk and hardcore communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
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