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Punk Rock History Essay Sample

Punk Rock Essay

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Punk rock is a unique and changing musical genre that was born in both England and the United States in the late 1970s. A largely underground music scene with a reliance on a rejection of societies norms, dismissal of capitalism and consumption, heavy reliance on community, and a strong attitude of do-it-yourself and self-empowerment, punk continues to have a large influence on the contemporary music scene. Punk rock, however, has faced issues when dealing with concepts of sex and gender. Bands within the scene are usually composed of males, women are objectified in song lyrics, and masculine values like aggressiveness and violence are often glamorized, especially in sub-genres of punk such as hardcore punk. But women have managed,…show more content…

After the demise of many hardcore bands in the mid-Eighties, bands such as Bad Religion kept the scene going, and were influences towards punk bands that would later go on to much mainstream success such as Green Day, The Offspring, and Blink-182. One specific moment in punk rock history that deals specifically with women, as well as issues of sex and gender, is the development of the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 1990’s. This movement came mostly out of the punk rock scene in Olympia, WA and Washington D.C. Women found themselves pushed out of punk due to the increasing aggressiveness in the punk scene, especially at concerts . Bands like Bikini Kill, and fan-publishes magazines (‘zines’) such as Jigsaw began to address the issue of women in punk rock. The first Riot Grrl Convention was held in Washington, D.C. in 1992. There were seminars dealing with writing zines and buying guitars, as well as dealing with eating disorder and fighting sexism. Punk rock, and specifically the Riot Grrrl movement, has been used to empower women and give them control over their lives. Punk’s celebration of the individual, and its embrace of those who challenge the norms and standards of society, made it the perfect culture for women who refused to accept society’s notions of femininity and gender roles. This is a tradition that has a long history within feminist theory. Groups such as the Radicalesbians and the Combahee River Collective challenged the

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Punk Movement Essay

1975 WordsJul 23rd, 20168 Pages

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…show more content…

“As rock 'n' roll became bigger and bigger in the '70s, it was time for another revolution - a return to a basic, raw, three-chord sound, namely, punk. From the streets of New York City and London, punk rock reverberated around the world and turned the rock 'n' roll status quo on its head.”(Open Directory Project)
Punk rock was a reaction against certain tendencies that had overtaken popular music in the 1970s, including what the punks considered as superficial "disco" music and pretentious forms of heavy metal, progressive rock and "arena rock”. Punk also rejected the remnants of the hippie counterculture of the 1960s. Bands such as Jefferson Airplane, which had survived the 60s, were regarded by most punks as having become fatuous and an embarrassment to their former claims of radicality. Eric Clapton's appearance in television beer ads in the mid-1970s was often cited as an example of how the icons of 1960s rock had literally sold themselves to the system they once opposed. (Wikipedia, The free online encyclopaedia).
Punk rock was a “back to the roots” movement, return to a clubs music scene, where band could have a closer contact and exchange with the audience, unlike more and more “alienated super groups” that music industry “catapulted” out of the small clubs into a stadiums in need for more audience and more profit. It was not maybe the music that punks were completely against, but rather the presentation, the shows and the preposterous proportions of so

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