Punk, a How-To Pamphlet, 1977

In the 1977 edition of the American Heritage Dictionary punk rock was given this wonderful definition:
Punk rock, n. A form of rock music characterized by a stabbing, insistent rhythm and simple, three-chord harmony, amplified sound, and lyrics that deal with subjects full of trouble and strife such as anarchy, alienation, violence, sex, drugs and teen-age rebellion.                                              Punk performers and their followers often adopt outlandishly vulgar behavioral patterns and clothing, often leading to acts of violence by performers and audience alike.

(Though accurate, I always thought it set the bar pretty high)
But considering it was probably composed a year or two earlier it stands up to these excerpts from the pamphlet shown below.

To those of us who were there, the images here are familiar but offer a pretty limited view of what the scene actually looked like. For every ripped t-shirt or pair of shredded tights there was a girl in a party dress or a guy in a white shirt and a skinny tie and home-made pegged pants.

In the days before Hot Topic, parent’s closetsthrift stores and hardware stores were our haberdasheries of choice.


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2 Responses to Punk, a How-To Pamphlet, 1977

  1. didak says:

    Love it!


  2. Barbie Watts says:

    Wow…. wish I’d known about those great tips… maybe I wouldn’t have gone the duct tape and ball’n chain route along with Reah, Marxalot and a couple of those other oh-so-trendy big kids… … . 😉

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