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What is Punk?
Punk is a genre of rock music, which emerged in the mid-1970s in England, United States and Australia. With its roots in the music, protopunk, Garage Rock, including Punk came to light as an expression of rebellion and complaint against the economic and political crisis and the lack of opportunities for the youth of the 1970s. Punk managed to become not only a way of escape for many young people, but also a successful musical style throughout the world.
The term "punk" was a term used by the English media to derogatorily refer to young people who demonstrated against the system in times of crisis in England. However, some claim that the term originates from an American magazine created by Legs McNeil and John Holmstrom, called Punk, to refer to the new style showing young people of that era through the music, the appearance and behavior. In fact, the word "punk" is an old word for dark etymology, which had been used to describe the young vandal and thug. Whatever the origin of the term "punk", this expanded rapidly by the United States and Europe as the name of a new thinking and musical style that became increasingly popular.
Punk was developed in parallel in United States, England and Australia between the decades of 1960 and 1970, considered the first stage of Punk. By 1977, he began a second wave of the movement in the three countries where it was born and, this time, also in many others, increasing the styles and bands and with a more electric sound. With the exception of England, Punk was a phenomenon in the countries in which they had arrived.
Punk bands commonly used structures and musical arrangements of the garage rock of the 1960s. The typical instrumentation of this musical genre includes guitar (one or two), electric bass and drums, in addition to vocal accompaniment. Their songs are characterized by being shorter than other genera most popular songs. For example, in the first Ramones album, half of the songs do not last more than two minutes. Another typical feature is more nasal sound of the vocalists and the use of a song rather cried. The letters are free and controversy, with a frequent use of social and political issues.
Among the legendary punk bands, are inevitable "Sex Pistols" and "The Clash" between the truly classic (some would include "The Misfits", which may be debatable), but many modern bands have clear influences of the genre, "Greenday", "My Chemical Romance", "Blik 182", and "Sum 41", among others.
The Punk movement is characterized by its own philosophy, which points to the authenticity and freedom of each person. The idea is to move the fashion and society which imposes and thus, develop individually, with an own way of thinking and a clear independence of action. It also rejects the manipulation of media and consumerism.