Otto Masson Posted December 10, 2009 Share Posted December 10, 2009 So, what do y'all think it meant? What did the emergence of punk signify at the time - roughly, in the late 1970's? Many people see it as a great beginning, as a breakthrough of originality and daring in popular music, paving the way for later arrivals on the scene. I see it very differently. To me it wasn't about originality, daring, provocation or anything like that, but rather, in musical terms, it meant a turn towards simplification, a watering down of the tremendous surge of creativity that had characterized popular music in the decade before, i.e. from ca. 1966-1976. It also meant the hardening of musical dogmas and the breakthrough of a ridiculously one-dimensional and abstract "attitude" in place of the wide scope of emotion that had been essential to rock music and remains essential to life itself. And in corporate terms it meant the companies again had excellent opportunities to seize control from the artists, and they did. In the earlier period, people like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had fought hard for their artistic control. After the 1974-1975 recession the companies will have been looking for reasons to try and get some of it back - and voila, there's punk: the perfect opportunity to tell all these difficult musician types that they were passé by now and needed to realize how inventive three chord songs actually were. Pathetic nonsense. Anyway - I am very deliberately phrasing things a bit provocatively here, even overstating the case somewhat, but I would just be interested in seeing some discussion of this... So what do you others think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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