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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As a teenager O’Rourke found a home in El Paso’s burgeoning punk rock scene. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 Deneke had been an entrenched part of Amarillo’s punk rock scene. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "How the Killing of a Punk Rocker by a Clean-Cut Jock Tore a Texas City Apart," 27 Apr. 2018 Jenny, starting a punk rock trend at school is ridiculous. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Texas Republicans have tried to undercut O’Rourke’s campaign by focusing on parts of his past, including his days in a punk rock band and a 1998 drunk-driving arrest in El Paso. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Top Trump official reportedly said Ted Cruz has a likability problem that could cost him his Senate seat," 9 Sep. 2018 Directed by indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, music drama Her Smell stars Elisabeth Moss as a punk rock star and frontwoman of a pioneering all-female rock band in the ’90s. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson on Body Positivity and Her “Racy and Raw” New Movie Role," 24 Aug. 2018 Those punk rock and metal kids always did it their own way; speaking their own truth. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Public Enemy Talks 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' on Its 30th Anniversary," 30 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of punk rock

1970, in the meaning defined above

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