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6,330.   Punk has always been about doing things your own way.  What it represents for me is ultimate freedom and a sense of individuality.  (Self & Punk & Freedom & Individual & Music)  Billy Joe Armstrong

 

 

47,116.  A lot of Punk rock is not going to be in the mainstream.  It’s below the radar.  The beauty of it is that you’re not supposed to always know.  It’s subterranean.  Billie Joe Armstrong

 

 

9,987.  Now Punk represented the ultimate in two fingers to the pompous self-satisfied Pop that had gone before it.  And the most important thing about Punk was that it was about attitude.  Now everybody could be creative.  (Art & Great Britain & Punk & Attitude)  Janet Street-Porter, The Genius of British Art: Modern Times, 2010

 

 

31,607.  In the vanguard the Sex Pistols ... Punks were assaulting Britain’s most cherished icons ... For the originals punk was great fun.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Punk)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s III: Goodbye Great Britain 75-77

 

 

41,157.  I chose the name Poly Styrene because it is a lightweight disposable product.  (Name & Punk)  Arena: Who is Poly Styrene?  BBC 2012

 

 

46,226.  You just pick up a chord, go twang, and you’ve got music.  (Music & Punk)  Sid Vicious

 

 

86,112.  We are better than anyone, ain’t we?  Except for the Eagles.  The Eagles are better than us.  (Music & Punk)  Sid Vicious

 

 

86,113.  Well you know like I don’t really give a fuck what the general public think.  Sid Vicious 

 

 

46,401.  The Sex Pistols’ debut single Anarchy in the UK was banned following their controversial appearance on the TV news programme Today.  (Music & Punk Music & Song)  More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On, BBC 2014

 

 

46,970.  The 1970s: a miserable time for Britain.  A series of economic and social crises meant modern life was rubbish.  And our Pop was pretty boring.  We were drowning in a surfeit of over-the-top glam and self-indulgent Prog-Rock.  Something had to change.  And in late ’76 it did.  (Pop & Punk)  Pop Britannia: Two Tribes

 

46,971.  Punks concerned themselves with overthrowing all aspects of the British establishment.  But ultimately Punk itself would prove to be a short-lived fad that would have a surprising legacy on British Pop.  (Pop & Punk)  ibid.

 

 

47,045.  The [Sex] Pistols did not begin to have the same impact in America as in England.  (Pop & Punk)  How the Brits Rocked America III: We’re the Kids in America

 

 

47,085.  In 1977 The Sex Pistols released their debut album Never Mind The Bollocks.  (Pop & Punk)  When Albums Ruled the World, BBC 2013

 

47,086.  1977 also saw debut albums from The Stranglers, The Clash and The Damned.  (Pop & Punk)  ibid.

 

 

47,106.  Every punk band that I knew in London ... had both the New York Dolls albums.  Chrissie Hynde, Pretenders

 

 

47,120.  That was their revolution, you know.  They were the hangovers from the sixties.  I always knew the sixties wasn’t the revolution.  They were really just was a bunch of university students, some with wealthy parents having fun.  John Lydon

 

 

47,107.  Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?  Good night.  John Lydon, Sex Pistols’ last gig

 

 

47,109.  There would be no Punk without Glam.  Adam Ant

 

 

47,110.  Punk is musical freedom.  It’s saying, doing and playing what you want.  In Webster’s terms nirvana means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.  Kurt Cobain

 

 

47,118.  I wanted to be in a Punk band before I had even heard any punk music.  Kurt Cobain

 

 

47,111.  To me, Punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying, This is who I am.  Joey Ramone

 

 

47,112.  To me, Punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are.  It’s freedom.  (Punk & Freedom)  Patti Smith

 

 

47,113.  I don’t think Punk ever really dies, because Punk Rock attitude can never die.  (Punk & Attitude)  Billy Idol

 

 

47,114.  ‘Punk rock’ is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it.  Iggy Pop

 

 

47,115.  Grunge is a hippied romantic version of Punk.  Marc Jacobs

 

 

47,117.  The reason why I am proud of my part in the Punk movement is that I think it really did implant a message that was already there.   The hippies told it to me, but Punk made it something cool for people to stand up for, which is that we do not believe government, that we are against government.  Vivienne Westwood

 

 

31,919.  If you hear Anarchy in the UK today your hair stands on end.  It gives you the shivers.  (United Kingdom & Punk)  Vivienne Westwood

 

 

47,119.  Punk was a protest against work and against boredom.  It was a sign of life, a rant, a scream, a rejection of bourgeois morals.  But have things improved since then?  Arguably, they’ve got worse.  Tom Hodgkinson

 

 

47,108.  This was our music.  And our generation.  Tony Parsons, writer

 

 

47,120.  I just loved the contradiction.  I’d never seen anything like it.  Siouxsie Sioux, re Sex Pistols

 

 

47,121.  Fuck me ... It was a cultural ground zero.  Don Letts, filmmaker 

 

 

47,122.  Career opportunities.  The kids are supposed to be factory fodder.  You don’t learn nuffin’.  All you’re working for is some factory which is round the corner.  Paul Simonon, The Clash

 

 

47,123.  The aforementioned iceberg cometh.  And that iceberg, dear readers, is you.  Punk Britannia I: Pre Punk 1972-1976, BBC

 

47,124.  The foundations of Punk were actually forged by a gateway generation: sandwiched between the sixties’ Hippies and the seventies’ Punks.  ibid.

 

47,125.  All of a sudden London pubs were happening: Brinsley Schwarz were joined on the scene by groups like Ducks Deluxe and Bees Make Honey.  ibid.

 

47,126.  There were no bells and whistles at a Punk rock show.  ibid.

 

47,127.  Humdrum daily life for youngsters in the early seventies ... was in dire need of something new.  ibid.

 

47,128.  The short sharp shock of Punk.  ibid.

 

47,129.  By 1973 Punk rock gigs had gained a reputation of a good night out.  ibid.

 

47,130.  Only The Kilburns who met at Canterbury College of Art had their own aesthetic.  ibid.

 

47,131.  Ian Dury wrote songs depicting real life on London’s streets.  ibid.

 

47,132.  Pub rock established a live music scene.  ibid.

 

47,133.  Billy Bragg: The line between Pub rock and Punk rock is straddled by not only Dr Feelgood but Eddie and the Hot Rods.  It was fast and it was urgent.  ibid. 

 

47,134.  Hailing from Canvey Island, Eddie and the Hot Rods were direct descendants of Dr Feelgood.  ibid.

 

47,135.  Ziggie Stardust was an exotic beacon of hope.  ibid.

 

47,136.  The fledgling Sex Pistols had happened upon a kind of vision.  ibid.

 

47,137.  It was Joe Strummer and his high octane performance people came out to see.  ibid.

 

47,138.  You could feel a change coming.  ibid.

 

47,139.  As harmless as they may have appeared, the Pistols were armed with something so violently new that any act with anything as much as a whiff with the old regime about them could now consider themselves as the enemy.  ibid.

 

47,140.  Punk’s time had come: the iceberg had cometh as Britain basked in record temperatures in the summer of ’76.  ibid.

 

47,141.  This spawning of this visceral ugly enticing beast to be loved or hated but impossible to ignore can only be traced back to your first time – the first time you saw the Sex Pistols.  ibid.

 

47,142.  The electrifying message of the Pistols was spreading.  ibid.

 

47,143.  They tapped the mood of violence simmering under the surface of boring seventies Britain and would bare witness when it boiled over.  ibid.

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