Most people think that punk rock is just loud noise and profanity, at least the people who have even heard of it. The truth is that, for the most part, punk bands are really trying to get a message across. This music, or at least a variation of it has been around since the mid 1960's and is just as important today as it was back then. I plan to trace its history all the way up to the present, and explain how it has changed.
The main American precursors of punk were the Velvet Underground, the MC5, the Stooges, the Modern Lovers, and the New York Dolls. These bands paved the way for the huge wave of punk rock to hit America in the early 1970's. They changed how people looked at music because they had a completely different attitude than what people were used to at the time.
While other bands were out there singing about happiness and love, these "pre-punk" bands were singing about not being content, instead, be angry.
These new bands believed that music should have a more important meaning than what they were hearing from everyone else. They wanted to make music that made people take a closer look at the society around them and find out how bad it actually is. There music was not widely accepted at the time because people didn't want that, they wanted to be happy and ignore the worlds problems, which was the popular thing to do at that point in time.
Because bands like the Velvet Underground had such unpopular styles, it was very hard for them to get signed for a record contact. Record companies knew that not many people would buy their albums, so they stood to lose money.
A club called CBGB's (Country...