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A genre of music that died around 1996, contrary to what any blue haired fifteen yr old will tell you.

Punk Rock originally had a three chord sound. Everyone knew that the music was not important as the message. Sid Vicious was never known as the best player of the 70s or of any era, but everyone knew who the Sex Pistols were.

True punk rock bands include (but are not limited to): Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Ramones, Youth Brigade, Bad Brains, DK (pre-1987), Descendents, Minor Threat, Fugazi, 7 Seconds, Bad Religion, Sub Society, and Teen Idols.

Examples of "punk" rock, only by record label classification: Good Charlotte, Blink 182, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, No Doubt (yes, I once had someone tell me they are punk. Yes, you may laugh too), 311, and The All American Rejects.
Kid1: Dude, I am so punk because I wear a Good Charlotte wordhoodie/word, a mesh wordtrucker hat/word that I bought at the mall and have every Blink 182 CD, including the bootlegs.
Kid2: No, that makes you a fucking tool.
Kid1: But I want to be punk. How can I be punk?
Kid2: In the words of Jello: "Punk ain't no religious cult,punk means thinking for yourself. You ain't hardcore cause you spike your hair, when a jock still lives inside your head."

To paraphrase: Mall punks, mall punks, mall punks.....fuck off!
by Ricky Roma January 30, 2004
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Individuality. Being yourself and saying "fuck you" to anyone trying to drag you to conformity. Rebelliousness; standing up for what you believe in. A type of music for "freaks" and outcasts from society. Non-judgemental and accepting, regardless of race, gender, and sexual preference. Posers will often talk about how they hate Abercrombie and rap, because they think it is punk rock to do so. But without people like them, there would be no punk rock, and we would all look the same. Stop labeling. Stop hating. Stop saying that punk rock is dead, because as long as people have a sense of individuality, self-expression, and a spine, there will be punk rock. It CANNOT die.
by James aka Sir Cool July 15, 2005
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Rock music in a style of the late 1970's, characterized by offensive lyrics and agressive performance. -punk rocker
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Punk rock embodies the opposition that still currently exist between our right to Freedom of Expression and society's need to interpret or define each expressed thought, therefore creating oppression. Punk rock is a force that serves only to save us from ourselves.
Your abilities are not defined by your appearance.
Do not allow yourself to be controlled by learned behavior which teaches you to feel a false sense of security by judging a person based on anything other than actions.
Punk rock is more than an attitude, it challenges you to accept chaos.
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Rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement that began about 1976, exemplified by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols and The Clash. The term is also used to describe subsequent music scenes that share key characteristics with those first-generation "punks". The term is sometimes also applied to the fashions or the irreverent "DIY" ("do it yourself") attitude associated with this musical movement. Punks and punk rock were once denigrated by the overwhelming majority of the population, including young people. To be a punk rocker and play punk rock music was to ostracize yourself from your peers and be the subject of scorn. Today it is relatively socially acceptable to be punk and play punk rock music. Thus, some maintain that the punk scene has lost the very heart of its former nature as one of explosive creativity, rebellion, anger, hate, and individualism and that it has become a mere caricature of what once was.
sub-genres of 'punk rock':

garage punk
horror punk
pop punk
ska punk
skate punk
street punk
by L053R May 20, 2005
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punk rock is just not giving a fizzuck. and you can't really define it anyway, its different to everyone, because punk is something in everyone. and like who are you to say its wrong? brrt go fuck yourself. and good charlotte and stuff didn't "wreck" or "tarnish" punk, because you cant wreck it .. thats suggesting its replacing it, which is doesnt or can't. it's not like it can make it go away or anything. fuckers.
you people piss me off . you have to make your own definition of punk rock . raahh
by kiara xx September 04, 2005
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A Middle finger to the progressive rock movement. Often consists of simple fith chord structures. However the music is not as important as the message; there are no rules.
Punk Rock can be divided into many sub-genres such as pop punk, street punk, nu punk, old skool punk stc.
smash shit up in the name of punk rock!
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