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A rock movement that originated around Essex in England, from which many excellent performers got their start. The pub rock movement was a creative outburst that grew in reaction to the staid, creative wasteland of progressive pop culture, with its lengthy guitar/drum solos and tired drug culture/hippie imagery. It brought rock and roll back to having fun, yet didn't contain the pretentiousness of the later punk rock movmenet. Joe Strummer, Graham Parker, Wreckless Eric, Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Elvis Costello and others all came out of the "pub rock" scene, some redefining themselves later for commercial reasons or due to artistic growth.
Graham Parker and the Rumour was a famous band whose members came from the pub rock movement.
by Pat Ringley July 29, 2008
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Pub rock, noun.

This is generic, classic rock generally played in a pub on a friday or saturday night by a group of middle aged men. Generally cover songs but sometimes orginial work. Songs tend to be by bands like Whitesnake, Deep Purple, The Jimi Hendrix Experience but have also been known to play songs from the 80's hair metal and glam metal scenes, with bands like Motley Crue and Van Halen appearing.
Dude 1: Hey man, you coming down to the <insert local generic pub name here>? There's a great pub rock band on tonight! They do the BEST cover of Voodoo Child!

Dude 2: Awesome!
by obviouslypepsi September 01, 2007
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