Difference Between Punk And Pop Punk

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American musician and singer-songwriter of the Ramones, Jeffrey Ross Hyman, known to the public as Joey Ramone, once said “To me, punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying 'This is who I am’” (BrainyQuote). Punk has been present in music since the 1960s, where it was starting to form in the garages of starting out musicians that did not have any regulations to follow, simply because of the fact they didn’t know the ‘rules’ of music. Most of this early punk music was unadulterated and often political, showing the thoughts and feelings of the writer (Cooper). Meanwhile, about a decade later in the 1970s, a new style of punk was forming. Combining elements of punk and mainstream music styles established a new genre of music, commonly known today as ‘pop punk’ (B.). While pop punk music branched off of punk, they both have their distinct features of what makes them unique. Although the two genres share the same artists, there is a distinct difference between the styles. Songwriter, actor, and singer and guitarist of Green Day tweeted in late December of 2015, “my mission for 2016? to destroy the phrase "pop-punk" forever” [sic] (Armstrong). Armstrong, like many other punk band members, dislikes being referred to as ‘pop punk’. This phrase can be considered insulting to specific artists that do not want to be known for upbeat and preppy music. They want to be strictly known for more original music that does not fit certain criteria

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