Head to PJ Media to check out my latest column, this time extolling the virtues of punk rock music! I normally reprint these in their entirety, but I think you’ll get more out of it by joining the discussion already raging there … more than 100 comments already!
My thesis is that if you’re looking for an entry-point as a listener to discover punk rock music and what set it apart from other genres, while proving to be such an inspiration to music from Nirvana to the Pixies, you’ll find plenty to like if you get past the stereotypes. If you think the genre’s all about noise and self-destruction, you’re missing a great deal of the depth of what burned quickly as a truly global phenomenon.
In turn, I chose to feature five seminal bands, including Australia’s groundbreaking band Radio Birdman, England’s contributions the Damned, the Clash and the Sex Pistols, as well as America’s Ramones. I’d love to hear what you think … for those who have been afraid to give punk rock a chance, I think this is a good start. And if there are bands you think make better entry points, I’d love to hear your opinions as well.