Punk rock (garage rock) and post-rock (new garage rock) are two very similar styles of music, but they have been separated for about half a century. However, the current alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk, and post-punk revival are directly related to punk rock. and this one has its “ancestors” called proto-punk or garage rock. It is important to analyze the origins of the music played by top punk bands to find out do the grandparents from the garage have really discovered many things that are still relevant today.
Jimi Hendrix and the Vietnam War
In 1959, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix bought his first electric guitar. This year could be considered a symbolic beginning of modern rock, as it was this most influential musician-lone musician in rock history who became a dazzling meteor, showing everyone that real masterpieces can be created by playing live. The Vietnam War began in 1959 and ended in 1975. During this period, a music style called rock was born.
The term ‘punk’ describes a relatively small group that has made a real revolution. With the emergence of social resistance movements, feminism, the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, David Bowie (1947–2016) created the cosmic image of the space boy Ziggy Stardust, and the hippies became interested in psychotropic drugs and Eastern philosophy.
Foundations of Industrial Subculture
Proto-punk has changed not only the perception of mainstream rock, but also the work of hippies. The aggressiveness of this style and its roughness gave a sparkle to the industrial subculture. Its pioneers can be called Throbbing Gristle, as well as Monte Cazazza, Clock DVA, Nurse With Wound (pioneer of surreal music, tireless Steven Stapleton), Whitehouse, Boyd Rice / NON, SPK and many other bands. These groups immersed themselves in the darker sides of humans, psychedelic searches, they were interested in the discoveries of Dadaists, Fluxus movement, and various mystics.
Punk rock is a style born in England, USA, and Australia in 1974-1976, and its core is mind-punk, garage rock and other branches of music, DIY ethics, revolutionary lyrics, short, fast compositions and, of course, image. Three key bands are the avant-garde of punk rock: The Ramones from New York, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash from London. It must be mentioned that the punk rock scene was born in Australia at the same time (Nick Cave is one of its founders) and in New Zealand (the so-called Dunedin Sound scene).
The punk approach to the world as a game has given birth to a variety of philosophies, images, and musical styles (e.g., no wave, anarcho-punk, art punk, crust punk, garage punk, Christian punk, Nazi punk, Oi!, skate punk, glam punk, hardcore, horror punk, gothic rock, riot grrrl, etc.). The so-called punk look was created by designers Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who had a variety of non-traditional clothing store in London.
The symbolism of punks has deep roots: the symbol of anarchy, which emerged in 1868 and was borrowed by the punks around 1977, was created by the Masons. According to other researchers, the first symbol of freedom is ‘ama-gi’, a word written in Sumerian dentition that means ‘freedom”’ or ‘return to the mother, to the womb’.