Punks stompin’ the street with Docs on their feet

A few weeks ago, in one of my classes I sat by a girl who I noticed was wearing a pair of Doc Martens with white shoelaces. Back in the day, Doc Marten boots became a huge symbol with the punk culture simply because work boots became part of the punk style and were useful in fights and kicking butt.

According to Anti-Defamation League.org, wearing doc martens with colored laces submerged from Great Britain during the 1970’s, as part of the skinhead subculture. So, how do skinheads differ from punks? And what do the different shoelace colors mean? Continue reading “Punks stompin’ the street with Docs on their feet”

Rad Coffee

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Rad Coffee, located in Upland, CA serves up more than just a good cup of joe. With drinks like Cookies and Scream or Frankenstein Rad Coffee is a big hit among locals. The walls are covered in old band posters, ranging from The Misfits to Black Flag and TSOL, and punk music blasts from the speakers 24/7. If you are a coffee fiend or really enjoy punk music, definitely check out Rad Coffee if you are ever in Southern California.

Here’s a link to the Rad Coffee Website:

http://radcoffeeco.com/

Iggy and The Stooges

By 1967 James Osterberg, Dave Alexander, Ron and Scott Asheton had little idea of how iconic their band would become in the world of punk music. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Stooges moved their act out of the garage and onto a bigger stage. At the time, their sound was entirely different– with the use of blenders, vacuum hoses and contact drums– this band gave audiences something they had never heard before.

Lead singer James Osterberg, or better known as Iggy Pop, had an infectious stage presence– often dressing up in outrageous outfits, like nightgowns or tin foil. Iggy Pop used to pour peanut butter on himself and step on broken guitar pieces during sets. Legend has it that he invented the stage dive. After signing with Elektra Records, The Stooges released their first album in 1969, with their hit ‘I Wanna be Your Dog.’

Here is the Youtube video of ‘I Wanna be Your Dog’

What Punk Means (to Henry Rollins)

To many people, “punk” is a term synonymous with feelings of anger and hostility. Maybe images of skinheads raising the middle finger comes to mind. The punk subculture represents an entirely different attitude that was not apparent during the sixties. Continue reading “What Punk Means (to Henry Rollins)”

A Punk Landmark: CBGB

Where the punk scene broke out in NYC

indexBy the late seventies, as the punk scene began to take hold in New York City, a local bar opened up for business. CBGB, otherwise known as Country, Blue Grass, and Blues, was owned by a man named Hilly Krystal. With the intent for being a place where people could enjoy live music, CBGB became a locale hot spot, especially for punk music. CBGB was a launching pad to stardom for most of the performers who played there. From The Ramones to Iggy Pop, so many musicians had gotten their start at CBGB.

Here is a Youtube link to a documentary on CBGB and the bands who influenced the New York Punk Scene.

CBGB Documentary (Youtube)