1977: Gzowski interviews Iggy Pop
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.
• In her 1976 article, journalist Caroline Coon was one of the first to use the term "punk" to describe Britain's emerging underground rock scene. "Punk rock" was initially coined in 1970 to characterize a group of late-1960s American rock bands. These bands put maximum effort into one or two hit singles, such as Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs with their song Wooly Bully.
• By 1977, "how to be a punk" articles flooded London tabloids.
• In 1978 Coon became band manager for The Clash, one of Britain's first punk rock groups.
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1977
Guest: Iggy Pop
Host: Peter Gzowski
Last updated: February 13, 2014
Page consulted on March 14, 2014
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