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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Both of those publications were fairly white and suburban; their music tastes were punk rock leaning into thrash metal. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Public Enemy Talks 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' on Its 30th Anniversary," 30 June 2018 Yes, that’s a long time ago, but famed critic Lester Bangs called the Troggs the progenitors of punk rock and icons from Iggy Pop to the Ramones claim to be influenced by them. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "What are the classics every rock band simply must be able to play?," 21 June 2018 The Chronicle was on assignment to cover the Western Front punk rock festival. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Lost SF punk rock photos surface: Temple Beautiful, Mabuhay and Deaf Club," 15 June 2018 Well, this oughta scratch that Irish punk rock itch until about St. Patrick's Day 2020. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "‘Stranger in Alps’ crooner brings intensity, intimacy to Harlow’s show," 12 July 2018 These mercenaries of aggressive swing take to the seas, fulfilling the dreams of punk rock pirates everywhere. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 One of Turner’s nods to his punk rock background is his ongoing accessibility to fans, who can e-mail him directly through his website. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model," 21 June 2018 Portraits of the Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and then-wife Theresa Soder, lead singer of the Situations, are included in the punk rock club images. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Lost SF punk rock photos surface: Temple Beautiful, Mabuhay and Deaf Club," 15 June 2018 Think of the collection as the punk rock version of a clean, white pair of kicks: a sneaker that's too cool to worry about things like glossy polish and finishing details. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Converse Sneakers Get the Inside-Out Treatment," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of punk rock

1970, in the meaning defined above

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