According to Rolling Stone, punk is now 40 years old, as celebrated in The 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time.
Sure, you could call the release of The Ramones a start. Or you could go back to the 60’s with MC5 or The Velvet Underground. Or you could look at pictures of The Beatles in Hamburg and marvel that the same guys played on Ed Sullivan wearing suits. Then there’s Elvis, or Eddie Cohcrane, or …
Let’s face it: Rock and Roll has an edge. It has attitude. It has barely contained and badly channeled rage – some of it sexual, some of it social. It’s for kids who have energy and excitement but no power.
Sometimes that music is raw and unnerving. Sometimes it’s subjected to more refined production. But the edge is always there.
Personally, I prefer well-produced music, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get (or enjoy) it when I hear what’s come to be called Punk. So rock – or punk – on, people.