Punk music is marking 40 years and until today many people don’t understand the genre. So here's the general lowdown on the iconic Punk music scene:
Punk is all about do it yourself.
Bands do everything, from album production to marketing and communication. By controlling the process, those DIY bands develop a closer relationship between artists and fans.
"So these independent bands had to be resourceful. They’d built their own infrastructure of independent clubs, promoters, fanzines and DJs”- Steve Albini, musician and journalist.
Punk ideologies are based on pro working-class, anti-establishment, equality, freedom, anti-war and anti-authoritarianism.
“It was a subculture that scornfully rejected the political idealism and Californian flower-power silliness of hippie myth” – Robert Christgau, music journalist.
Punk is about doing what you want, what you feel is right for you. It’s being yourself.
“Punk rock is meant to be our freedom. We’re meant to be able to do what we want to do” – Joe Strummer, The Clash singer
Punk has inspired many rock bands like Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses and Pixies. But punk it not all about music, art and fashion also got inspired by the punk era. Brands like Vivienne Westwood and Converse are examples of that. In art, we have Andy Warhol who was very into the punk ideology.
“It’s saying, doing, and playing what you want” - Kurt Cobain, Nirvana singer
Punk gave opportunity for woman’s right. The Riot Grrrl, a feminist movement started in 1990s, was influenced by punk and began fighting for equality.
“That was the beauty of the punk thing, [sexual] discrimination didn’t exist in that scene” - Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders singer.