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The History of Punk Rock

The History of Punk Rock

Punk rock to the uninitiated isn’t just loud and fast. It seems feral and untamed, with a kind of ignorance that’s dangerous. It’s like a demented child holding a sharp knife out in a crowded mall—you want to get away from it as quickly as possible, yet the sight (or in this case the sound) is undeniably fascinating. So is the history of punk rock.

Punk rock is associated with the music of the 1970s and they were a cultural shock for adults. NBC News even featured it with the famous description: “This is punk rock and its purpose is to promote violence, sex, and destruction, in that order.”

The Seed of Punk in Detroit

The sound of punk rock can be traced back to Detroit during the late 1960s. Back then, bands such as Iggy & The Stooges and MC5 were stripping down sound of rock to just the basics as a way to counter the saccharine and overly produced music of the era.

The sound was brutal compared to the mild rock songs of the day, and the fans rejected the clean-cut looks of mainstreams music. They sported torn jeans and shirts, and their greasy hair often sported strange colors. The music wasn’t about peace and harmony, but about rage.  Continue reading →

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