Punk Music And Its Surrounding Counterculture

1527 WordsDec 18, 20157 Pages
Punk music and its surrounding counterculture were characterized by a revolutionary spirit, a desire to upend the conventions of society beginning with the trends in the existing music scene and practices within the music industry. Considering the idiom “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” it makes sense that the D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) ethos of Punk truly defined the genre as a movement. Punks were fed up with popular rock music of the times, corporate music practices, corrupt governments, and conservative popular culture that was not conducive to social change. In order to meet their desires for revolution, Punks took action and brought matters into their own hands, rather than wait for society to agree with their alternative ideology, especially in the field of music. Two of the most iconic Punk groups, the Sex Pistols and the Clash, serve as examples of successful artists who overtly rebelled against the manipulative and controlling major labels to which they were signed. However, the more significant and enduring efforts to change the music industry came in the form of independent record labels, such as Rough Trade and Mute Records. Both artists and entrepreneurial Punk fans began sidestepping the major labels entirely, creating a network of their own: indie labels to fund record production and aid distribution as well as a plethora of underground media outlets for publicity. Fanzines and flyers served a similar purpose as social media does in music
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