punk rock


Definition of punk rock

: rock music marked by extreme and often deliberately offensive expressions of alienation and social discontent

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Lydia is the lead vocalist and guitarist of a punk rock band called The Regrettes. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here Are All the "13 Reasons Why" Stars' Relationship Statuses IRL," 9 Aug. 2019 With its working-class character, fiercely independent arts scenes and underdog mentality, Baltimore practically embodies the punk rock ethos. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "One man’s story story of Baltimore punk rock in 5 artifacts," 31 July 2019 Danny became a crook and a substance abuser; James now listens to screeching punk rock and exercises compulsively, to channel his violent rage. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews: Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista in ‘Escape Plan: The Extractors’; and more," 3 July 2019 The parallels between punk rock and jazz music are extremely close. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.'s greatest jazz night turns 70, led by its unwavering 94-year-old matriarch," 18 July 2019 A decade in the making, the film covers the rise of punk rock in Washington, from the mid-1970s to 1983. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Bluegrass musicians are putting their best feet forward for an ailing friend," 2 July 2019 Give this super femme dress a punch of punk rock with an edgy hairstyle packed with lots of statement clips. Tiffany Reid, Seventeen, "15 Homecoming Outfit Ideas That Are Just the Right Amount of Extra," 20 June 2019 One former arts reporter recalled a night in 1980s when the Herald sent Mr. Landers with him to cover a punk rock show at The Channel nightclub. J.m. Lawrence, BostonGlobe.com, "John J. Landers Jr., award-winning photographer and Boston Herald picture editor, 82," 16 July 2019 Over the years, these ensembles have featured thigh-high suede boots, floppy hats, a leather punk rock jacket and couture. Jose Carlos Fajardo, The Mercury News, "Beyonce controversy aside, Nicole Curran always shines as Warriors’ style icon," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of punk rock

1970, in the meaning defined above

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