Punk Music Lives On

Punk Rock Guitar

Punk music has its roots in the 1960s.The Punk bands short songs with lyrics that were anti -establishment or political. They had stripped down instrumentation were fast and hard-edged.

The Legacy of Punk Music is design, fashion and tempo beats though the original rebellious, self indulgent and capable anti consumerism as a culture may be forgotten. There are many notable personalities who have been inspired Punk. These include Vivienne Westwood a fashion designer, Gareth Pugh and John Galliano. It was popular in New York and London in the 1970s. It has several ardent fans and there are relics of the music in downtown New York CBGB music club. Currently the music is only heard in one gallery with more emphasis being made on couture and art.

Punk originated in the 60s as garage music by bands like Sonics who had few skills in music. Later the MC 5 and the Stooges emerged in Detroit and they had violent concerts which played crude, raw and political music. Next came the Velvet Underground whose music seemed to be noise and was managed by Andy Warhol. They expanded punk music unwittingly. Finally new artists David Bowie and New York Dolls entered the scene with Glam Rock. They dressed in an outrageous manner, produced loud rock and roll and lived extravagantly. At the end of the period Glam split up into punk rock, hard rock and “hair metal”.

New York was the first place Punk rock was played by bands like Ramones, Heartbreakers, Blondie and Johnny Thunders who played at CBGB. In London it started out later
In England punk came to life because of the high unemployment rates and poor economy. The youth were angry, unemployed and rebellious. They had a lot of free time and strong opinions. Punk fashion evolved here with a shop named SEX started by an American. He was had tried reinventing New York Dolls as a fashion house back home and failed. He opted to move here and started the Sex Pistols. This project was successful and gaining a large fan base. Soon after the Bromley Contingent was created after watching the Sex Pistols perform. Many more groups were formed including Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Clash and Generation X.

In the late 70s it was a fully fledged music class. It started splitting into different genres with new musicians individualizing it with specific sounds. Punk music has since grown and become a force to reckon. It morphed into art, culture and fashion. It has given rise to generations of musicians and introduced a culture of its own. Punk lives in several generations in their hairstyles, dressing, behavior and religion. They espouse it as a lifestyle and as a philosophy of life. It is recorded in museums, libraries and archives where fans relive and eschew its happenstance. Punk enthusiasts don t-shirts and jeans and motorcycle riders. Punk music is never complete without electric guitars and raucous beats. Its very embodiment is noise and rowdy behavior. Down with the rules and live as you want may well be its motto.