Punk Movement

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The Punk movement as a reaction to stagnant music scene of the 70s

Ivan Stevanovic 3461726

The Punk movement is often seen as a reaction to what was regarded as a blown up and stagnant, self-indulging music scene in the mid-70s. In wider perspective, it is considered not merely as a music genre, but more as a complex mixture of social, cultural, rebellious upheaval of the marginal, disillusioned young white generation, first in the US and UK and then in the rest of the western world.
This essay will try to explore these statements and find out whether any of the two can be considered as the only cause for the emergence of punk.


One would say that any form of modern music in its
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Their frontal onslaught on all senses actually tried and partially succeeded to disrupt the inert musical scene for many years to come.
The "punk" label first appeared at the ongoing New York music clubs’ scene in 1974-1976, revolving around the forerunners of punk, the avant-garde poet Patty Smith, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground and bands that played regular gigs at the club CBGB's in New York's Bowery district, such as: The Ramones, Television, Blondie, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Mink Deville, Suicide. During this same period, punk bands were forming independently in other locations as well, such as The Saints in Brisbane, Australia, and The Stranglers, Sex Pistols and later Clash, The Damned and Buzzcocks in London. The early bands usually performed within small nightclubs operated by enthusiastic impresarios and they would remain underground until 1976, when two bands – The Ramones in their London concert at Roundhouse and The Sex Pistols, - made the outside world take notice.
And that was the end of the “quintessential punk” as seen by Bryn Chamberlain in his 1995 article: “Savvy businessman, MacLaren knew that in order to succeed, he and his protégées had to reach the largest number of pop culture participants in the most cost effective manner available.


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