Canadian punk rock
In 1977, a new form of underground music emerged from Canadian basements and garages. Journalists called it punk rock. It was kids with boot polish in their hair, playing out-of-tune guitars and questioning anything established — parents, government, The Beatles. Decades later, critics praised the once-criticized scene for starting a tradition of do-it-yourself indie rebel music.
Seventeen-year-old girls in their punkish garb come out to watch the gig. They say they're bored with life and show off scars from "slashing" themselves. CBC reporter Hana Gartner takes a look at what's behind punk's hostility, defiance and self-mutilation.
. British punk rock fans invented the ritual "gobbing" spitting at the performers. The Clash's Joe Strummer said a fan's saliva infected him with hepatitis.
. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines punk as: "a young man or boy regarded as contemptible or insignificant, especially because of rude or violent behaviour" and also as: "a loud, fast-moving form of angry and aggressive rock music."
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Sept. 27, 1977
Guest(s): Michael Jordana, Steve Leckie, Frankie Venom
Reporter: Hana Gartner
Last updated: January 16, 2012
Page consulted on December 5, 2013
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