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punk rock


A genre of popular music that was derived from rock music in the 1970s throughout America, England, and Australia. The first known use of the phrase "punk rock" appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 22, 1970, however, it wasn't until 1976 when the punk rock movement was widely recognized. Bands like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and The Clash were popular bands in this genre.
Many of the punk rock bands produced their own recordings and distributed them outside of the mainstream record industry. The punk rock crowd would often use the "greaser" look of the 1950s, wearing the T-shirt, motorcycle jacket, and jeans. Tattoos, piercings, and metal-studs were common. The punk look eventually included the Mohawk haircut and skinhead.
This music is typically fast, loud. Lyrics are often shouted and tend to criticize authority. The music did feature guitar breaks, but normally stayed away from complicated guitar solos. The guitar used highly distorted chords, creating a "buzzsaw drone" that was common. The music didn't always conform to the traditional dance rhythms which led to new dances such as slam dancing and moshing.


Last Updated: 2016-06-06 20:49:12