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a type of rock-‘n’-roll, reaching its peak in the late 1970s and characterized by loud, insistent music and abusive or violent protest lyrics, and whose performers and followers are distinguished by extremes of dress and socially defiant behavior.
a fast abrasive style of rock music of the late 1970s, characterized by aggressive or offensive lyrics and performance Sometimes shortened to punk

noun phrase

Loud and crude rock-and-roll music played by persons who purport, in their dress, vile behavior and language, repellent names, and ugly appearance, to be loathsome louts: The bad equivalent of ”bubble-gum,” it was called punk-rock, and it was totally utilitarian music (1976+)


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