Rebelling against Everything: Punk Music Subversion, Diversity and DIY Fandom – talk by David Ensminger on March 21

In conjunction with the Hawn Gallery exhibition, Torn Apart: Punk + New Wave Graphics, Fashion, and Culture, 1976 – 1986, David A. Ensminger, college instructor (Lee College) and author, will speak on the history of punk music, its diversity and culture. He is the author of several books covering both American roots music and punk rock history, most recently Roots Punk: An Oral and Visual History (2023). Tim Angell, SMU’s DEA Director of Corporate Engagement and punk fan, will moderate this lively talk examining the fans as much as the music.

5 pm reception, Hamon Arts Library Lobby
6 pm talk, Hamon Arts Library, Reading Room 

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David A. Ensminger is a college instructor, photographer, drummer, multi-media journalist, and the author of several books covering both American roots music and punk rock history—Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2011), Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins (Univ. of Texas Press, 2013), Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons (PM Press, 2013), Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), The Politics of Punk (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, IL, 1973-2005 (Microcosm, 2017), and Punk Women (Microcosm, 2021). His most recent book, Roots Punk: An Oral History, was published in November 2023 by University Press of Mississippi. In 2025, the second edition of Punk Women will be released by Microcosm Press. Both The Boston Globe and The Economist have highlighted his research. He has also published in Art in Print, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Houston Press, Trust (Germany), Artcore (Britain), Zap (Germany), Razorcake, and Maximum Rocknroll.

Tim Angell is Director for Corporate Engagement at Southern Methodist University since May 2020. Previous to this position, he spent over six years as Senior Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at Northwestern University. Prior to his tenure in higher education, Tim spent twenty-one years working for county and municipal governments and non-profit corporations in Illinois and Missouri as an urban planner specializing in economic development and comprehensive land use planning. He obtained his Masters’ degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University, and has a B.A. in philosophy. He holds a national certification in urban and regional planning through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Tim is a native of St. Louis, and lived in Evanston, Illinois for twenty-seven years. He is an obsessive fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Liverpool Football Club, and roots for St. Louis City FC and the St. Louis Blues. Among his interests are collecting vinyl records (rock, punk, soul, jazz, country), reading science fiction and detective novels, and discovering micro-breweries. He’s married to Mary Ellen Tamasy, and has a dog, George, who’s a native of South Dallas and roots for the world champion Texas Rangers.