The History of Punk Rock Essay

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The History of Punk Rock

Throughout the entire world, music is one thing that is a constant. From Africa to Antarctica, music can be found. There are literally millions of types of music out there: Rock, Rap, Pop, EMO, Hard-core, Ska, Latin, Classical. The list goes on and on. But one form of music has had one of the most significant histories of them all: Punk rock. A look into the history of this type of music will help us understand why punk rock sounds and feels the way it does. It is necessary to look at the types of dancing, different types of punk rock, and the reasons behind it to understand how and why this type of music formed.

Development of Punk

Through the years some punk has had influences from country to the
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We're way in debt. We own a van, it breaks down, and you know when you play that the gig money goes to pay for the broken-down van. We're used to it."(6)

Slam Dancing

Slam dancing has been popular through the history of punk. You may have heard of called "moshing" or "stage diving." Moshing is just a big game of bumper cars like you played when you were a kid. I think Natalie Jacobson who is dating the lead singer of "Murphy's Law" describes stage diving best when says, "It's like diving into a human carpet. Something like the old kids' trust game. Just my way of getting into it. Gospel people got their thing, I got mine."1


Some punks consider themselves Nazis', or are concerned with issues like peace, racism, and nuclear war. Most punk is against parental, musical, and political authorities. On the other hand some isn't. Bob Mould of Husker Du talks about politics quite frequently in his songs. I don't write about politics because I'm not an expert. Some bands find it very necessary to claim they're politically relevant when in actuality they don't know *censored* about politics. Not informing people is much better than misinforming people. We're sort of like reporters in a way. Reporters of our own mental state. Reporters of the state of the air. Consciousness. Of the day. We make personal statements.2


Most punks that live in small towns have trouble making friends. They find it hard to relate to most people.

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