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Music Essay- DraftPunk/Rock Music Social and political-

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Music Essay- Draft Punk/Rock Music Social and political- Notes: either use as an intro or as social point of the essay During the 1970's in New York, young and basically unknown artists like Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, and the Dolls of New York (later changed to New York Dolls) brought about a new style of "alternative-bohemian" entertainment. This new style of entertainment included short, frantic songs, aggressive, and angry messages against consumerism hit the stages at venues, starting the movement that would be known as punk rock. Bands like the Ramones and the Talking Heads would later evolve out of the punk rock movement, and become influences for those who shared a similar dislike in what was occurring in the music industry. Some say the original root of punk was the frustration and anger from being treated as sheep, while others say punk stemmed from the "politics of boredom." Overall, it was both contributions that lead to the music of punk/ rock. Malcolm McLaren has an impact in the history of punk rock, either beloved or hated for his executive skills. He revived the New York Dolls, in February 1975, when they hired him as manager and reintroduced the band as "born again communists". The New York Dolls wore communist flags and said catchy phrases such as "better red than dead" which amused their audience but unfortunately, wasn't enough to keep the band going and they began to fail. ...read more.

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There was a recognisable progression in the kind of music being created during this era. This is a progression which went on to result in the pervading influence of punk in areas of the culture where it could never have imagined being influential back during its birth, when it was a youth culture and an outsider culture. Although punk music was a very English thing until the early eighties, the bands which led Malcolm McLaren to create a band called the Sex Pistols in early 1976 were American, principally the New York Dolls, for the image and attitude, and the Stooges, for the basis of the music. Punk was a reaction against the posing of the current bands of the mid seventies, progressive rock bands with songs so indulgent and inaccessible to the youth of Britain that there was an obvious gap in youth culture. Reference: (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=punk&x=0&y=0)) Post 1970's punk and political: The punk rock of the early and mid-1990s featured bands such as Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Rancid, who would later go on to be well-known among the punk scene. Epitaph Records, an independent record label started by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion, would become the home of the "skate punk" sound, characterised by bands like Pennywise, NOFX, and The Offspring. Punk quickly became more accessible to the average person, amid complaints from underground punk fans that, by being signed to major labels and ...read more.

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This provides the background information for the rest of the album. Highlighted by two, nine minute epics, the album takes the listener through a journey in national and political chaos. It is by far the most controversial album Green Day has produced. However, it is also the best. Environmental- Punk music and culture has had a great impact on many different aspects of culture, both in its own right and by fundamentally changing the social environment which other western cultures share with it. Despite the wide variety of modern elements of punk, it is generally agreed that the culture began in England in the years 1976 to 1981, when the first and simplest from of punk music began and ended. There was a recognisable progression in the kind of music being created during this era. This is a progression which went on to result in the pervading influence of punk in areas of the culture where it could never have imagined being influential back during its birth, when it was a youth culture and an outsider culture. Although punk music, which called itself punk music, was a very English thing until the early eighties, the bands which led Malcolm McLaren to the Sex Pistols in early 1976 were American for the image and attitude. Punk was a reaction against the pretentiousness of the prevailing bands of the mid seventies, progressive rock bands with songs so indulgent and inaccessible to the youth of Britain that there was an obvious gap in youth culture. ...read more.

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