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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Punk rock

The 1969 release of The Stooges' eponymous debut album is arguably the earliest trace of punk rock; along with MC 5's Kick Out The Jams.

Iggy Pop the frontman of The Stooges is considered the "godfather of punk." By Michael Markos, 

The term "punk" was first used in relation to rock music by some American critics in the early 1970s, to describe garage bands and their devotees.

Punk rock developed in New York City in the mid-1970s. Punk rock pioneers The Ramones played their first show in a local New York club named CBGB on August 16, 1974. The Ramones, along with other Big Apple acts such as Television, The Heartbreakers, Blondie, and Patti Smith quickly gained a following with their loud, angry songs.

Facade of legendary music club CBGB, New York

In 1977 The Ramones' "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker", a mash note to surfing, punk girls and New York   became the first punk song to hit the pop charts, peaking at #81 on the Hot 100..

The music soon spread to Australia and Britain, where bands started playing their own brand punk rock in 1976.  The Damned were one of the UK's first punk bands. In October 1976 they released the first British punk single, "New Rose".

The Sex Pistols were the first popular punk group in Britain. They were only together for a couple of years years, in the late 1970s, and they were known as much for their rowdy behaviour as their music.
Their debut single "Anarchy In The UK" summarized the Sex Pistols' mixture of confrontational politics with rock-and-roll disdain.

In the late 1970s, many idle unemployed teenagers in Britain adopted what they called the "punk look." The punk's brightly dyed and stiffly lacquered hair, the outsized safety pins they frequently sported on their torn clothes and their general appearance of repulsive neglect was intended to protest or rebellion against the norms and rules of society and to create anger and fear.

British punks, c. 1986. By Quercusrobur - Wikipedia

Source Europress Encyclopedia

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