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Americans still think 'punk rock' was about the music, bless them

20 January 2024

9:00 AM

20 January 2024

9:00 AM

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Of their many cultural quirks, Americans retain a slightly ridiculous and yet rather touching belief in the power of ‘punk rock’ (nobody in the UK ever calls it that, of course: it’s just ‘punk’).

Despite laying claim to the progenitors of the whole punk thing – the Stooges, the New York Dolls, the Ramones – Americans still don’t quite seem to understand it.

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