"No Matter How Often I Explain It...": The Hermeneutics of Siouxsie Sioux's Swastika-Flashing Style Act Anno 1976 (Not Just Another Study of Swastika Symbolism in Punk)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Michael Alexander Langkjær - Speaker

  • Studienævnet for Saxo-Instituttet
In 1976, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie & the Banshees appeared on several occasions sporting a Nazi flash. Although hardly alone in doing so in UK punk, Sioux has taken the most flak for it. "High camp, not death camp" was her initial explanation. She later avowed ignorance of what Nazism entailed. Later still she admitted to it being a "glamour thing," finding the Nazi uniform very good-looking, while indicating that political correctness bocomes imprisoning. Assuming that in each and every case Sioux had meant what she said, the evolution of her diverging answers concerning the original sartorial "style act" suggests a hierarchy of impulses and motivations issuing from a more or less conscious value-set, which with time and reconsideration became ever more clarified.
10 Sep 2013

Event (Conference)

Title5th Global Conference
Abbreviated titleFASH 5
LocationHarris Manchester College
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event

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