wRITTEN by wAllAcE MARx JR.
Pho ToGRAPhy by bob GRUEN
In the mid 1970s, the sounds of anger and energy collided in what came to be called “punk rock.” Punk—and its genre-spanning reverberations—changed music, and the world.
And that’s because punk is energy. Punk is anger. It’s the sound of fury, the energy of the disaffected. It was a reflection
of hard times, boring places, and frustrated ambitions. The music, the look, and the attitude of the punk movement that
took place in the US and UK in the “Me Decade” had a huge impact on music and culture across the globe. The primary
vehicle of punk expression was music. Loud, fast, three chords. Punk was the antithesis of the hippie music that preceded it. At least it started that way, but almost as soon it began to change, grow, and expand.
To play music, you need gear. Duh, right? So let’s examine the gear used by the three primary exponents of punk music
in its first days—the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash—to see how they used it to wake up a generation.
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