70s Punk70' s Punk
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The term "punk" was originally used by American music critics to describe groups of garages and their audiences. By the end of 1976, several American and British bands were recognized as the first wave of a new musical movement. Bright, decisive colours, an alternating rhythm of yellow, green and red describe the atmosphere of a musical genre that renews itself and does not adjust.
Waterproof, resistant, summery, the bracelet of your "punk" is made of the fabric you have touched all your life in your beach bed.
The Punk Philosophy: the Anarchy of the 70s
It is killed by a wave that appears in 1976 and will culminate in the immediate following year: we are talking about punk. This, as for the hippie universe, had its roots in the United States, and as for the psychedelics that later landed in England, ready to accept word punk.
It is the slums of New York that are leading the way for the birth of punk in America. Within a short time it became the meeting point of many of the most important names in the punk scene that still had to be formed. Television, suicide, blondie, speaking heads, Patti Smith will appear in the CBGB, but above all the Ramones will be the group of the CBGB "circle" that most represents the spirit of punk simplification.
Their songs are short, designs more than real songs, of approximate style, and therefore perfect prototypes of this kind. In 1975 this confused scene finally got a name: Punk. In addition, some years before 1975, critics had already defined punk as the musical style of Stooges.
In 1976 the magazine Punk was born, and it is the inauguration of the name: from then on the movement is generally recognized with this term. The decline of Progressive certainly does not see the emergence of punk as the only cause, but we must certainly say that this has contributed significantly to it. Punk completely reverses this concept.
The Rock is simplified, technically speaking the groups of this genre play songs of short duration and easy to play. The punk revolution had all the pompous genres that had shaped the 70s as enemies and aimed to destroy the idea of a labour-intensive Lima with its own songs as a theme.
The music of the unapproachable giants of Prog, masters of technique, proved dry for punk teenagers, unable to convey anything to them. Punk wants to express a rage that Prog seemed to reject. So the formation of the most classic bands returns: guitar, bass, drums and vocals, some adrenaline-charged and fast chords.
It is the ideal way to express the wild attitude of the punk world, which consists of outcasts marginalized by society. In the end, punk was accompanied by the idea of a blank generation: the anarchistic genre par excellence was the perfect soundtrack for an empty generation, without ideals. Punk doesn't marry the world of the big guys, but it's connected to a universe of small record labels, magazines, clubs and niche music stores.
The main groups of the punk wave had an enormous popularity and some of them signed with big reputations, but most of the punk world stayed away from the big reputations of world discography. The market is growing, it is the birth of "Do It Yourself", the spirit of self-production. The record companies that dealt with punk in the late 70s were more than a hundred.
Punk groups prefer to perform in small venues rather than in accompaniment of the big sets of Led Zeppelin or Genesis concerts. The New York CBGB will have its London counterparts in the 100 Club, Roxy and vortex, which will host groups such as Sex Pistols, Clash, Siouxsie & The Banshees.
The printed paper is divided into the large mediums, which speak worryingly about Punk, and the self-produced Fanzines with small editions and with very little expenditure. The style of these fanzines, which often consist of collages from other newspapers, influences the punk graphics to such an extent that they reappear on the covers of the Sex Pistols production.
The punk industry, if it can be defined as an industry, faithfully reflects the philosophy of its groups: the conviction that everyone can do everything alone, without large means. The punk bands were characterized by voluntary poor knowledge of the musical instrument. Anyone could go on stage and play, although the outstanding bands were obviously unique in their talent.
Because the goal of the punk world was to reverse the patterns, the hierarchies, to show that they were completely useless and that anyone could do anything.