Punk rock is a style of rock music that is characterized by stripped-down musical arrangements and anti-establishment lyrics. It is often driven by distorted guitars pounding out power chords and features lead vocalists shouting out aggressive lyrics. Punk rock had its beginnings in the 60s. Many bands during this time would play music in a garage with strong limitations upon what kind of music they could play.
These bands were driven by a desire to play no-holds-barred rock and roll music, and this often meant breaking the established rules followed by those who were playing on the radio. The garage bands created music that sometimes sounded more like noise than music because of their commitment to expressive freedom. The Stooges, led by Iggy Pop, was one of the first punk rock bands, forming in 1968 and playing shows that were unpredictable and bizarre.
Pop was known to cut himself and stage dive into the crowd. Another punk rock band that become prominent shortly after The Stooges was the Velvet Underground, which was managed by Andy Warhol. The Velvet Underground became known for music that explored and expanded their listeners’ understanding of what defined music. They were, in fact, often accused of making only noise. The 1970s saw the rise of a localized punk rock scene with bands playing show regularly in New York City. This included bands that would become well-known such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads, and Blondie.
These bands would become influential in the development and continued popularity of punk rock in American culture. While punk rock was forming in America, it was also being formed by bands in England as well, most notably by a band called The Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols had their own form of anti-establishment agendas, often attacking in their lyrics what they considered to be blind conformity to the Crown of England. The Sex Pistols would be influential to later punk rock bands in both England and America. Another influential band from this period in England was The Clash.
Their music combined punk with other musical styles to create a type of musical hybrid. As punk rock continued to develop throughout the 1980s, a certain punk rock culture, characterized by youthful rebellion, began to form as well with people wearing styles of clothing that were dubbed punk rock style. The music had become more than just music. In the 1990s, bands like The Offspring, Green Day, and Blink-182 continued to pound out punk rock music, increasing its popularity with crowds up to the modern day.