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The Death of Punk and the Turn of a Decade 1979 My essay will highlight the major socio-political events of my chosen year 1979 before relating how the rock genre in particular punk-rock changed and mirrored to an extent these events in England Some say 1979 marked the end of an era Certainly as the end of a decade what came after this tumultuous year was a decade that seemed fairly reluctant in the case of some musical genres to let go of the past In NMEs Rock n Roll years they describe how the 80s would spend much of the decade ahead celebrating its past rather than building for its future NME 1992336 So if it was into this uncertain time that the world of music was heading something must have been lost from the highs that defined for so many the 1970s At the beginning of this year England was experiencing many social problems after having weathered the winter of discontent that included bags of refuge building up on the streets of London due to the many trade union strikes This was an eerie fulfilling of the Sex Pistols prophecy Watching all the rubbish Wasting my time The final nail in the coffin came on 3 May when Thatchers Conservative government won the General election by 43 votes Jon Savage 1991540 points out in his book Englands Dreaming that England did not change overnight However for punk music the hourglass was running low The Conservatives victory did mark the end to the period of social unrest which punk had charted so intimately Jon Savage 1991541 If a percentage of the punk record buying public had voted conservative the ideals that punk had stood for were obviously vanishing or already vanished Punk and all its intentions were now well and truly finished for pretty much everyone beggars excluded Colegrave Sullivan 2001342 With the death of Sid Vicious on February
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