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The 1970s the punk movement fashion lookbooks

I stayed at the Factory for close on two years. I watched pop die and saw punk being born Nat Finkelstein photographer. In 1975 came the one of most crucial youth cultural movement since the 1950s, in only 18 hectic months punk should change music, fashion, and politics. The punk movement became incredible large in America and England and was the young generation voice against the established, bands as The Sex Pistols manage to shake up England and divided the country, those under twenty-five soon dresses in black leather jackets, spikes, worn-out black jeans, military boots, safety pins in their nose and heavy black eyeliner.

The anti-establishment

A mixture of raw music, obscene and aggressive behaviour became a considerable headache for the English royalties and government led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Those over twenty-five hated their new music and revolting attitude. When punk culture was at highest in the UK, the Sex pistols was regarded as the biggest threat to England by the British government.

 The following 1970s lookbooks and youth movements been published: 1970s dirtbags lookbooks, 1970s skateboard lookbooks, 1970s biker lookbooks and 1970s hippie’s lookbooks.

What was punk really?

The punk tees and people lookbooks. Top left; Clash Topper Headon wearing Bruce Lee enter the dragon tee, Joan Jett Joan Jett wearing her own customized Sex Pistols tee, Joe Strummer wearing Elvis’s heartbreak hotel tee, Sid Vicious wearing ripped two cowboys tee (Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood), Johnny Ramone wearing classic Mickey Mouse printed tee late 1970s, Joe the Clash wearing Clash Time Square tee. Johnny Rotten wearing God Save the Queen tee, Johnny Thunders wearing tee from Seditionaries’, Vivienne Westwood wearing rapist tee, Topper Headon the Clash wearing the striped tee, Mick the Clash wearing Clash promotion tee, Blondie wearing Pop Eye tee from the late 1970s and Legs McNeill wearing Ramones tee.

Punk a political movement

Punk started with a proclamation and an embrace of discord. In America, early punk was a middle-class youth movement, a reaction against the boredom of mainstream culture. However, in England, it was begun by working-class youths decrying a declining economy and rising unemployment, criticizing the hypocrisy of the rich, and refuting the notion of reform. Early punk sought to tear apart consumer goods, royalty, and sociability; and it tried to destroy the idols of the bourgeoisie. Recommended post that highlights a scene that punk evolved from in New York ” All tomorrows parties, Billy Name and the Factory.”

Punk scene celebrated DIY

In dictionaries, punk defined many things, none had anything to do with a musical movement, and all the definitions used to describe it were harmful. Punk was, in fact, an artistic movement that most people over twenty-one could not understand. Punk was more than a youth movement of the late 70’s only to be characterized by anti-establishment as slogans and outrageous clothes and hairstyle. The years 1975-79 were a time of intense personal creativity shared in America and Britain, mostly manifested in the USA by the music while in Britain, the focus was broader. People pushed the boundaries of fashion, graphics, and design. Punk raw and freshness divided young and the older generation in two. Punk provoked the established and soon became seen by older people as a threat to society; at a point, punk regarded as the biggest threat to the English society by Prime Minister Thatcher.

Punk T-shirts

The tees, from top, left; The Damned, God Save the Queen (artist Jamie Reid Queen Elizabeth II), The Boys tee from Sex, Ramones tee 1977 Kings Road, two cowboys tee (artist Tom O ‘Finland), two tits from Sex, Vive le Rock tee from Sex, Never mind the bullocks, inside out print (Westwood) Jamie Reid; God Save the Queen version (Jamie Reid Queen Elizabeth II), Union Jack Anarchy in the U.K. Jamie Reid, red over-print tee from Sex, zipper pillowcase tee from Sex Westwood, Chaos (Bernard Rhodes and Sex Pistols) & The Olivier Twist Manifesto tee Malcolm McLaren Classic punk tee boards Kenneth buddha Jeans.

Punk culture is the primary source of inspiration

With their spiked hair, black studded leather jackets, ripped jeans, bondage trousers and messages of rebellion and anarchy punks from the 1970s probably never could imagine the influence punk would have 40 years later. The punk style created from the -70s at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Kings Road boutique and images of The Sex Pistols to examples of Punk’s impact on haute couture and designers such as Helmut Lang, Miuccia Prada, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano. Music genre such as grunge would hardly exist today without the influence of the raw sound and energy of bands playing and writing punk songs were the Ramones, the Clash and the Sex Pistols. However, Punk a celebration of DIY and creativity, not afraid braveness or outsider, the self-confidence came. Naturally, most people shocked and fearful of the unknown, music noisy and fashion obscure and vulgar Punk culture was anti-establishment. A short film about 1970s punk tees history

White riot and political influence

The early 1970s punk movement contributed more than music and fashion; politically the punk culture anti-consumerism and the conservatism of Thatcher’s brutality. And not afraid of any confrontation with police or governments an attitude “I don’t care”. The culture evolved into powerful political forces in North America and Europe, it continued with the Grunge culture and making its presence felt in the Battle of Seattle (1999), Quebec City (2001), EarthFirst! Reclaim the Streets, and in a variety of anti-corporate movements. If you’re in New York do not miss the brand-new exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” that opens on May 9 and runs through August 14, 2013, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Punk Culture DNA

  • EVENT: Queen Elizabeth Riverboat, June 7, 1977. Sex Pistols boat concert on Thames’s river. In New York, CBGB’s rock club became the punk movement Mecca.
  • FASHION: T-shirts torn apart with obscure imagery and words often overpainted, fishnet stockings (sometimes ripped); spiked jewellery; safety pins (in clothes and as body piercing); silver bracelets and heavy eyeliner worn by both men and women. Incorporated everyday objects for aesthetic effect, razor blades, chains, rubber, vinyl and leather to provoke and remind of bondage and S&M. Female punks rebelled against the stereotypical image of a woman by combining clothes that were delicate or pretty and wore masculine clothes, military boots and bomber jackets, spike, and Mohawk hairstyle.
  • MUSIC: The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground, MC5, The Stooges, The Clash, The Cramps, Buzzcocks, Dead boys
  • PLACE: London UK, New York the USA
  • TRANSPORTATION: Walk, subway, underground and hitchhike.
  • DRUGS: Alcohol, Amphetamines, and Heroin
  • ATTITUDE: Provocative, angry, creative, fun, DIY, individual, daring, critical, rebellious, freedom, self-confidence

Useful Websites

  • Artist direct network features links to more than 200.000 music fan sites
  • The official Buzzcocks website
  • CBGB official website
  • Worldwide Punk is a database of films with the punk rock theme, soundtrack or punks as actors etc.
  • is a vast on-line rock encyclopedia
  • Punk magazine official website
  • The author George Gimarc website of Punk Diary 1970-1979 complete index from his book with essential dates, events, and lists from punk rocks glorious
  • Sex pistols official websites:
  • Malcolm McLaren official website
  • Ramones website
  • The Clash official websites:
  • is a website with the complete history of punk rock in the UK from 1976-1979 within detail biographies of almost every punk band from this era, reviews of books, fanzines

Recommended Punk Films

    • The Great Rock and Roll Swindle (1980) Sex Pistols Malcolm McLaren took over production of this movie to make it conform with his myth of the band, and while it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with reality, it’s hilariously funny
    • Rude Boy (1980) story about a slacker who becomes a roadie for The Clash
    • The Clash: Westway to the World (2000) is a documentary film about the British punk rock band The Clash, awarded several film and music prizes
    • The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Penelope Spheeris’s documentary captures the rawness of the LA punk scene, with bands like the Circle Jerks, X, The Germs, and Black Flag.
    • The Future Is Unwritten (2007) by Joe Strummer. A documentary film directed by Julien Temple about Joe Strummer, the lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash, the British Independent Film Awards as Best British Documentary 2007
    • End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is a 2003 documentary film about highly influential New York punk rock band the Ramones.
    • 24 Hour Party People (2002) Manchester’s Factory record label and the glory days in the late 80s and early 90s.

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