12 July 2008

School of Punk

Once I get going on something, I will inevitably start making notes and trying to reduce data to patterns and whatnot, because that is the way I think. This means that when I watched School of Rock, my attention homed in on the "History of Rock" blackboard that was only visible for a blink. I grabbed a copy of that later.



I spent a lot of time looking at an enlarged version of this that I made my desktop wallpaper to decipher it. There are plenty of things about this version of rock history that bother me, but the main one is the way punk is plugged in. It just seems wrong to me. I know that (for example), grunge did not evolve parallel to punk. Punk was one of the inputs to grunge. This history cuts off a couple of decades ago, so it doesn't get to the subsequent influences of punk, either. Thinking about this means notes and patterns, of course. Here is a sample page from my pocket notebook:



This is total crap, of course, because I still haven't worked it out, but it gives you an idea of what is happening between Amber's headphones.

2 comments:

Tom said...

Hmm.. you forgot post-punk and goth on that diagram. post-punk came out of the sort of original incarnation of punk (sometimes known as '77 punk).. with groups like Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees which later became regarded as "gothic", a term which many artists reacted against at the time.

Amber said...

A lot of what is called "Goth" today sounds like it came out of New Romantics as much as anything else. Maybe that's just me.

Do you think that post-punk fed back in toward the mainstream of rock?