Punk Rock Is A Unique And Changing Musical Genre

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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 great music scene with a reliance on rejecting the norms of societies, defiance 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 problems when dealing with the ideals 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, especially through the Riot Grrrl movement, to stake out their own patch of punk rock territory. They have used punk rock to redefine concepts of gender and sexuality in such as way that empowers them and gives them choices in life, rather than having values being forced upon them.
To situate concepts of gender in punk rock, a brief look must be given to the history of punk rock. Punk started in the late 1970’s, primarily in New York and London. The New York bands were influenced by artists such as the New York Dolls, Patti Smith, and The Stooges, with the London bands being influenced by glam rock artists such as David Bowie and Mott the Hoople; as well as pub rock performers such as the 101ers. The punk movement flourished briefly between 1976 and

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