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Monday, November 28, 2005

Punk Rock

Does Punk rock belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The 2006 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced today. Besides Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis, and Black Sabbath, Blondie, and The Sex Pistols were also inducted. I will grant that Blondie and the Sex Pistols are not the first punk bands to be inducted. The Ramones, The Clash, The Talking Heads, and, it could be argued, U2, The Police, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions preceded them. While it could be argued that the idea of Rock and Roll in a museum is contrary to the idea of rock, I would argue that it is even more so for punk rock. Rock music was originally about rebellion and as rock became established and accepted, the music of rebellion eventually evolved into punk rock. With punk music being able to be presented in a museum, it means that punk rock is acceptable and the music of rebellion has moved on again.


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