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Punk did have a unique distinguishing feature a refined ability to shock Anyone observing a group of punks moving through Leicester Square on a Friday night would steer well clear these guys looked seriously strange The female punk presented a paradox a hint of the feminine beneath the hardened exterior The mohawks leathers and safety pins were a radical departure from the glamour rock of the previous decade When situated beside the staid British working class and grannies with their push carts the punks of London created an immediate sensation But one must recognize that the desire to be different can be applied to any previous teen generations It was the retribution that followed punk that exceeded the norm It can be argued that the public reaction against punk began in 1976 when Malcolm MacLaren arranged for the new voice of the young to be interviewed live on the BBC Here The Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten Sid Vicious et al unleashed their in-your-face opinions on a still largely unsuspecting British public The British education minister of the 1970s said The Sex Pistols were a symptom of the way society is declining It could have a shocking effect on young people and the Arts Chairman of Greater London said I will do everything in my power to stop them appearing here again Comments such as these elevated punk to ridiculous extremes and in retrospect this hard line approach was nonsense Punk gives the message that no one has to be a genius to do it himherself Punk invented a whole new way of do-it-yourself projects for a generation Instead of waiting for the next big thing in music to be excited about anyone with this new sense of autonomy can make it happen themselves by forming a band Instead of depending on commercial media from the big papers and television to New Musical Express and Rolling Stone to tell them what to think
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