A punk rock anti-memoir told through the eyes of a biracial Afrolatino punk academic.

Marcus Clayton



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¡PÓNK! follows Moose, an alienated academic and lead guitarist for Pipebomb!, as he navigates through spaces in and out of South East Los Angeles: punk clubs, college classrooms, family gatherings, street protests, and euphoric backyard shows. Oscillating between autofiction, memoir, and lyric, Clayton blurs genres while articulating the layered effects of racism, trauma, immigration, policing, Black hair, performance, and toxic academic language to uncover how one truly becomes an “ally.” Borrowing from the spatial lyricism of Claudia Rankine, the genre-bending storytelling of Alexander Chee, and the racial musings of James Baldwin, ¡PÓNK!’s narrative takes back punk rock and finds safe space in the mosh pit.

ISBN: 9781643622439
Paperback, 240 pages
Publication Date: February 18, 2025