Punk problemi [Punk Problems]. Nos. 205/206 (1981), 221 (1982), and 236 (1983) (all published).

Ljubljana: RK ZSMS 1981–1983. Large quartos. Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 79, 65, and 53 pp. With numerous black-and-white and color illustrations throughout. Very good.

Complete run of the most famous Slovenian punk journal, Punk problemi [Punk problems], issued as a special supplement, with slightly altered title, to the journal Problemi [Problems]. Richly illustrated, these issues document the contemporary Punk movement both abroad and in Yugoslavia, as well as related emerging trends including the theatre group FV 112/15 and the industrial band slash art collective Laibach/Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). Many articles feature sexual content, poetry, reports on the Punk and unofficial art and theatre scene, comics, drawings, and striking photo-collages.

Several of the contributors later became noted public figures and authors, most notably Slavoj Žižek (born 1949), now famous worldwide as a cultural critic and philosopher. Others include the psychoanalyst and philosopher Mladen Dolar, the photographer Jane Štravs (born 1965), who contributed photographs of punk concerts and other subcultural events; Peter Mlakar (born 1951), a member of Neue Slowensche Kunst and the music group Laibach; Pero (Peter) Lovšin (born 1955), an important Yugoslav (now Slovenian) punk musician. In 1977 he founded one of the first Yugoslav punk bands Pankarti (pronounced as Punk-arti, meaning The Bastarts), which with its controversial anti-establishment lyrics shook up the world of the late Tito-government years of Yugoslavia.

For more on the significance of Punk and related movements in the early 1980s, see Helena Motoh, “‘Punk is a Symptom’: Intersections of Philosophy and Alternative Culture in ‘80s Slovenia” (2012). She writes that the trends discussed in Punk Problemi: “were a sharp break with the avant-garde moveents of the sixties and seventies, but also a unique reflection of the contemporary Yugoslav political, economical, and social crisis…. Judged as an anti-cultural phenomenon by the political opposition and as fascist and destructionist tendency by the pro-regime literati, the punk movement was obstructed from obtaining a space for representation in media but also took the representative role for the newly emerging social movements that sought reforms and change…” (p. 288).

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