Punk broke rock's rules
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 this respect, punk proved it was possible to rise against rock's conventions. The Clash's Joe Strummer proves the movement still has resonance - he lives off album royalties from records like London Calling, which even in its heyday never sold more than 300,000 copies.
. Also that year, John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) won the Inspiration Award at Britain's Q Awards.
. In 2002 the Ramones became Rock + Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
. Spinner.com, a Web site that plays songs grouped by genre, features a "Classic Punk" section.
Program: Prime Time
Broadcast Date: Jan. 13, 1992
Guest(s): Greil Marcus
Host: Geoff Pevere
Last updated: January 16, 2012
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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