Um jardim punk no bairro de alvalade: de símbolo do estado novo a ícone do Punk Rock português


  • Luiz Alberto Moura


This article aims to look at the Lisbon neighbourhood of Alvalade as one of the most emblematic points of Portuguese punk rock, circa the late 70’s. We’ll try to identify how a new urban concept and the neighbourhood daily life helped to foment and to disseminate a new musical style that came directly from the United Kingdom. The purpose of this paper is also to visualize the urban conditions and contradictions of Alvalade, a place that was idealized by the Estado Novo, that is, created under the dictatorial regime of Salazar, which will become over the years and, contrary to the desire of the System, a center of ideas, rejuvenation of Portuguese music and contestation. Initially propagated in Portugal by radio broadcaster António Sérgio, punk rock quickly spread through
the streets of Alvalade through the hands of young people born in wealthy families who settled there in the 1960s. Highlights in this journey are the stories of João Ribas, mythical vocalist from three of the most important bands in
the country (Kú de Judas, Censurados and Tara Perdida, all created in Alvalade), Jardim de Alvalade and Café Vá-Vá, meeting points for the new Portuguese intelligentsia in the 1960, which will become, years later, the epicenter and
reference point for young people hungry for culture, information and rebellion.