Punk Rock Mocks Itself

Johnny Rotten and Fred Armisen’s Ian Rubbish. Photos: Getty Images and ianrubbish.co.uk

Every Wednesday, Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together.

Saturday Night Live pulled off a little conceptual coup a couple of weeks ago: a dead-on parody of punk documentaries that riffed on the mutual loathing of the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the punk rock scene. The “history of punk” sketch arrives at a moment of what seems like genuine nostalgia for the birth of punk: a fashion exhibit at the Met called “Chaos to Couture,” the publication of Richard Hell’s memoir I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, and the forthcoming CBGB biopic starring Alan Rickman and Malin Akerman.

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