“Punk is not just the sound, the music. Punk is a life-style”

Billy Joe Armstrong

This quote is taken from an interview Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) had with NY Rock in April 1998.

As early as 1950, David Riesman distinguished between a majority, “which passively accepted commercially provided styles and meanings” and a ‘subculture’ “which actively sought a minority style ..”

The study of subcultures often consists of the study of symbolism attached to clothing, music and other visible affectations by members of subcultures. It may be difficult to identify certain subcultures because their style (particularly clothing and music) may be adopted by mass culture for commercial purposes.

Music-based subcultures are particularly vulnerable to this process, and so what may be considered a subculture at one stage in its history—such as jazz, goth, punk, hip hop andrave cultures—may represent mainstream taste within a short period of time.

Punks can come from any and all walks of life and economic classes. The punk subculture emerged in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia in the mid-1970s.

Early punk had an abundance of antecedents and influences. In particular, punk drew inspiration from several strains of modern art. The punk subculture is centered around listening to recordings or live concerts of a loud, aggressive genre of rock music called punk rock, usually shortened to punk.

The earliest form of punk rock, named protopunk in retrospect, started as a garage rock revival in the northeastern United States in the late 1960s.

In the United States during the early 1980s, punk underwent a renaissance in the form of hardcore punk, which sought to do away with the frivolities introduced in the later years of the original movement, while at the same time Britain saw a parallel movement called streetpunk.


A punk lifestyle I might not be able to lead, why not a little punk humour to share instead:

Have fun reading!

Cheers & TTFN~

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