I grew up listening to Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, and etc. But I never knew how all of this PUNK movement started. This is why I decided to buy this book.
Overall, I’m disappointed in PUNK. But I’m satisfied. The PUNK I know is all about
giving the finger to the BIG MAN. You know you can’t beat the BIG MAN, but you
want to do something about those pigs who rip you off. So that started PUNK! I hate
how you are doing things, and I know anything I do won’t change a thing, but this is
how I feel and the only way I know how to express my anger at you.
The musicians who first started this sort of movement, The Velvet Underground, was
well tutored by the famous Andy Warhol. After the first generation of pioneers, things
just got bad. Punk stars became junkies and useless. The movement started to be an
act of self destruction. England saw this act of self destruction and magnified this to a
new level of Chaos, and it died.
Danny Fields: “…this punk thing wasn’t viable. That they were meant to self-destruct
and so what’s the point in investing in any of them? Why build an audience for the
Ramones or the Pistols or the Clash? Why institutionalize them if they’re just
going to be destroyed, if it’s their nature to destroy others and to destroy
Legs McNeil: “Now that it was here, I didn’t want any part of it. Overnight, punk had
become as stupid as everything else. Punk wasn’t ours anymore. It had become
everything we hated.”
POWER ANGER DIY were the things good about PUNK. Let’s leave it at that.