Punk Movement Essay

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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.

MUSIC INFLUENCES AND BACKGROUND

One would say that any form of modern music in its
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“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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