Rather than a linear battering ram for the delivery of ‘Eat The Rich’-esque sloganeering, the Minutemen also took punk to mean a florid, omnidirectional expression of self: an infinitely more political act than the aggro content that defined trad hardcore. Artistic expression was a Marxist right, and “a way to learn about the beauty of the world” as Boon asserted in Minutemen documentary, We Jam Econo.
“is what you’re doing a way to learn about the beauty of the world?”
The Quietus: An Econo History Of The Minutemen
I’ve obviously been in a Watt/fIREHOSE/Minutemen place recently. I found this as I was running through my Findings clippings, with the following note appended:
Seems like a good measuring stick to apply: is what you’re doing a way to learn about the beauty of the world?