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The first use of "punk"

>>I don't see the point in calling something punk before the New York bands, when the term came into existance <<

The term predates the mid - '70s NYC Max's / CBGB scene. Lester Bangs was the first to use "punk" to describe a type of music in his 1971 essay "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung" . He was referring to the mid - '60s garage bands and specifically The Count Five. A year later in 1972 Lenny Kaye used the phrase "punk-rock" in his notes for the hugely influential Nuggets compilation. When the phrase began to be applied to the first generation of New York punk bands it was, depending on who was saying it, either a put - down or a compliment.


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