To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom not to be successful, freedom to be who you are. It's freedom.
Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock.
Punk was originally about creating new, important, energetic music that would hopefully threaten the status quo and the stupidity of the 1970s.
People forget the punk thing was really good for women. It motivated them to pick up a guitar rather than be a chanteuse. It allowed us to be aggressive.
To me, punk is about being an individual and going against the grain and standing up and saying 'This is who I am.'
I never wanted to go back and relive the glory days; I just wanted to keep moving forward. That's what I took from punk. Keep moving. Don't look back.
We recently saw an internet meme that showed a picture of punk rockers Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins (as they look today) with the caption "Punk rock is not dead. It is, however, graying, balding, and going to bed at a much more reasonable hour..." With that on our minds, and the recent memoirs published by Patti Smith (M Train) and Carrie Brownstein (Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl) in the library catalog, and with a little help from the folks at Book Riot, we thought it might be a good time to revisit the history of one of our favorite genres. Here's some items dealing with history of punk from the library catalog:
From the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History For a Post-Punk World by Clinton Heylin [eBook]
Girl In a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon
Punk: The Whole Story edited by Mark Blake
Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews by Simon Reynolds [eBook]
Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone by Marky Ramone with Richard Herschlag
Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol
Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon
Punk by Stephen Colegrave & Chris Sullivan
The Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book by Aye Jay [eBook]
Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, 1977-1981 by Liz Worth [eBook]
Punk Rock, So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk edited by Roger Sabin [eBook]
Punk Rock: An Oral History by John Robb [eBook]
The Story of Punk and Indie by Matt Anniss (J)
We Are the Best!
For more punk, try a subject search of "Punk rock musicians" or "Punk culture". You can even find some fiction with punk rock themes, like Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad, I Am China by Xiaolu Guo, The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway, Tyler McMahon's How the Mistakes Were Made, The Predictions by Bianca Zander, and The Listeners by Leni Zumas.