Chicagomuzik

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June 08, 2004

Punks not dead

There he is, peering from your staid Chicago Tribune in a faded black Stiff Little Fingers tee. Salutatorian at Gavit High in Hammond, IN, Ian Blackwood - "inspired by rock music" and "particularly influenced by groups such as the Clash" - wrote a brief commencement address decrying war and violence. The Gavit High principal told Blackwood to rewrite the speech as it "might offend veterans or people in the military." Blackwood refused and went to the press; faced with public scrutiny, the school board overruled the principal. Here's the Trib article on Blackwood, who is bound for Indiana University - and, we hope, his own college radio show - in the fall.