The Emergence of Punk Rock

Towards the end of the 1960s, yet another new page was turned in rock’s colourful history. The Beatles had not long burst onto the scene, and in recent years, rock music had become a vehicle for messages – political, social and individualist messages.

In 1966 the man who would become the infamous Iggy Pop heard a record – the Velvet Underground & Nico – at a party during his time in college. While he hated it at first, he was drawn to it, and over the next couple of months became a fully-fledged convert of the raw, edgy style of music he had heard.

Launching his legendary band The Stooges in 1968, Iggy became an icon of the punk rock movement. The wild, unpredictable and often violent shows marked a true deviation from the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle up to that point, and it’s been argued that Iggy Pop & The Stooges were the first true punk rockers.

For them, and many of the bands that would follow in the genre, punk rock was a way of crushing their boredom. Bored with the vanilla day-to-day of life in the ‘burbs, the outrageous antics, dress and sound of punk rock was a way to shake it up, to find some excitement and to shock all the ‘sheep’ just drifting through their lives to wake up and do something.

Since then of course, punk has become a pillar of the rock world, having been accepted and popularised by the ‘mainstream’. Bands like Blink 182, Green Day, Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy toned down the violent edges while maintaining the confronting look of punk, making it more accessible as time went on.