Punk Rock Guide

In the early 1920s, big band and swing music was all the rage. By the 1950s, R&B and jazz were big hits, as well as many popular artists like Buddy Holly. In the 60s and 70s rock n' roll was king until disco took over and created its own new scene. By around 1974, however, a new music movement was taking place across England and the United States known as punk rock. Punk was a new style of music that featured aggressive guitars, crass lyrics, and wild crowds.

The purpose of punk was to show the world that disco was no longer the best music out there for the young people. It also served as a form of anti-establishment music that allowed people to voice their opinions about the government and the status quo.

Perhaps the most well known of all punk rock bands was the Sex Pistols, who originated from England. In America, bands like The Ramones, The Stooges, and Minor Threat were extremely popular among punk fans.

People who listened to punk often wore wild clothing and had unusual hairstyles like Mohawks or brightly colored hair, and wore spiked leather bracelets. Independent magazines known as "zines" also became the norm for young people who wanted to create their own independent form of mass media. By the early 1980s, more and more people were listening to punk rock, and shows in local clubs across the country were prevalent. While some claim punk is dead, there are plenty of people who still listen to and make punk music.

Here are some links to popular punk rock resources:

Punk Rock Basics:

History of early punk in the UK

The home of punk rock

A history of punk

Punk rock videos

Latest punk news

Record Labels/Stores:

Dischord Records

Punk Music Superstore

Fat Wreck Chords

Lookout! Records

Kill Rock Stars (label)

Epitaph Records


The Sex Pistols

The Ramones

Iggy Pop/The Stooges


Punk Bands

25 Most Influential Punk Bands

Operation Ivy

Message Boards, etc:

Worldwide Punk Meetup

Old School Punk Board

Punk Info.

Punk Rock Reviews

Punk Rock Confidential

Hot Topic-Punk Clothing