Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture

Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture

Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture

Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture

Synopsis

This history of the punk movement in the United States shows how punk music, fashion, art, and attitude clashed with and ultimately influenced mainstream culture.

Excerpt

Punk is personal. It means different things to different people. To me, as I listened to punk music and read about punk as a teenager, it represented freedom, new ideas, and the liberating realization that not everyone followed popular trends. It showed me that I had control over my life, that I could choose how I wanted to live. Punk music offered more than just great tunes I could jump around to. It opened up a world to me—full of intriguing, imaginative, diverse people trying to create art on their own terms and change American culture along the way.

In this book, I write about punk subculture in the United States, which began in New York City in the mid-1970s, has mutated many times, and continues in some fashion even today. I mention British punk culture wherever it had a great impact on American punk— something it did often in the early years.

This book examines punk subculture as expressed through music, fashion, and art. It also includes discussions about women in punk, about how mainstream media presented punk to the public, and about how punks came together through fanzines, clubs, radio stations, and record stores to develop their culture. Because punk has generated a large and unique vocabulary, a glossary of terms is also included.

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