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.
~ Patti Smith
The first real punk band I had ever heard of was The Sex Pistols even though they were pretty much over by the time I discovered them. By the end of 1978, the Sex Pistols had broken up, and Sid Vicious was found dead from a heroin overdose in New York on February 1, 1979.
There were many bands inspired by the Sex Pistols and thus the London scene began. It was around the mid seventies that The Buzzcocks, The Slits, The Damned, The Jam, Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, and the Clash.
American bands that stand out in my mind from the early eighties are The Dead Kennedys, The Germs, Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, Fear and Social distortion. Darby Crash of the Germs would commit suicide on December 8, 1980.
The early eighties were about alternative music. New wave became trendy and not long after, punk music started fading away.
Punk rock is a rock genre that was launched in the 70s in the UK, the US and Australia. This genre is more garage rock than anything else. The music has the quality of being fast paced and edgy and their lyrics are mostly about about anti-establishment.
Punk is more than just music. Design and fashion were just as important. This may have started as a rebellion but blossomed into something so much more.
New York was the first place Punk rock was played by bands like Ramones, Heartbreakers, Blondie and Johnny Thunders who played at CBGB. In London it started out later.
In England punk exploded because of the high unemployment rates and poor economy. The youth were angry and rebellious. There opinions mattered.
In the late 70s punk was a fully fledged music class. Punk music has since grown and become huge. It spread into art, culture and fashion. It has given rise to generations of musicians and introduced a culture of its own. If anything, punk is more a lifestyle and a philosophy.
In the punk scene authenticity was important. “Poseur” is a term used to describe anyone that lacked the basic understanding and principles that went along with the music genre.
In the '80s, alternative music and '80s pop became the next wave of music. New wave became the craze, and punk was a bit less influential for the time being.
Punk bands thrived still but on a smaller scale.
While hardcore moved along a bit with Henry Rollins joining Black Flag in 1981 and the appearance of the Vandals in 1982, punk was definitely turning around. The Clash and Black Flag both broke up in 1986. Things were changing.