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Punk Rock
Punk rock is an anti-establishment rock music movement with origins in the United States and United Kingdom around 1974-1975, exemplified by bands such as the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Damned, and The Clash.

The term punk is used to describe the associated subculture, involving youthful aggression, specific clothing styles, ideologies, and a DIY (do it yourself) attitude. Historically the cities of London, Manchester, New York City, Detroit, Washington DC, Los Angeles and the Bay Area have been punk's breeding grounds.

Punk songs are normally about two and a half minutes long, and can be as short as 30 seconds. Punk rock usually has faster tempos than the rock bands who came before them. Typical punk instrumentation includes a drum kit, one or two electric guitars, an electric bass and vocals. Drums typically sound heavy and dry, and often have a minimal set-up, with a (snare drum, one mounted or standing tom, one floor tom, one bass drum), hi-hats, one or two crash cymbals and a ride cymbal. Drum beats are usually simplistic, with quarter note grooves and not very technical bass or snare drum patterns. However, in hardcore punk the drumming is considerably faster and quite technical. Bass lines are usually simple and consist only of the chords' root notes, although some modern punk bands - such as Rancid and Anti-Flag - put greater emphasis on more technical bass parts. Guitar parts usually include highly-distorted power chords, although some bands take a surf rock approach with lighter twangier guitar tones. Production is minimalistic, with tracks sometimes laid down on home tape recorders.
Stylistic origins:
Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Garage, Frat rock, Psychedelic, Pub rock, Glam rock, Protopunk

Subgenres:
Hardcore-Punk - Horror-Punk - Oi-Punk - Deutschpunk - Punk - Streetpunk - Skatepunk - Folk-Punk - Psychobilly - Emo - Emocore - Punkabilly - Celtic-Punk - UK-Punk - US-Punk - Thrashcore - Ska-Punk - Grindcore - DDR-Punk - Melodycore - Pop-Punk - Rock Against Racism - Rock Against Communism - Nazi-Punk

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