World's Oldest Fledgling

The blog of Stephanie Wardrop, Y A Author

Teaser Tuesday: Punk 101

on September 24, 2013

I turn today’s teaser for PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL, releasing on October 8, over to Dave and Gary from the Snark and Circumstance series. In P&PS, the third installment of the e-novel, Georgia becomes the punk rock baker to the stars when she begins selling her vegan treats at a Cryptic Pigs from Hell show.  Next week, she’ll take over the blog with some baking tips, but for now, I leave it to Dave and Gary:

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PUNK ROCK 101 

First, if you think punk rock is a British thing, let us disabuse of this notion. Punk rock is as American as Jimmy Carter and Lou Freakin’ Reed, who is, in the opinion of most, the Godfather of Punk. Image The brilliant book PLEASE KILL ME by the founder of Punk magazine, Legs McNeil, makes this clear as he traces the history of punk from the Velvet Underground through Iggy Pop and the Stooges (pictured above) and the New York Dolls. The Velvets were the in-house band for the Warhol underground and they sang about drugs, transvestites, and sadomasochism and just freaked everybody out. Check out this video of “Venus in Furs”. And then the Stooges came along and threw dog food at people. Iggy covered himself in glitter and cut himself on stage with glass, and hard core was born. The Sex Pistols get all the credit and all the press but really, punk is an American phenomenon.

One difference between American and British punk is that the Brits are much more political. They admit they have a class system and they show how much it sucks. Check out not just the Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” but almost anything by the Clash, who combine reggae and ska with rock and roll and bring an anti-fascist anti-racist thing to their music – we’re learning “White Man in Hammersmith Palais” for our friend Michael, who is a closet reggae fan and hates that reggae’s been taken over by frat boys now. And the Jam, whose lyrics were fierce but poetic. Some people might argue that the Jam isn’t punk, but they don’t know what they’re talking about.  Gary heard someone argue yesterday that Miley Cyrus is punk because she clearly “just doesn’t give a fuck.”  That person needs to check out Please Kill Me and then report back to us.

Image Then they need to listen to some Dead Kennedys, Buzzcocks, Ramones, Dead Boys, and the Damned at stop talking nonsense.

You should, too. Life is too short to spend it listening to crap music.

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