The procession of rock (part 2)
In the early 70’s there was a crisis of the rock scene. Rock turned into a shop in the shop of exotic goods with a showcase in the whole wall. Rock is becoming more and more commercial music, there is a complete departure from the spiritual roots of rock, born and created for rebellion.
The new generation, which replaced the generation of the 60s, required its own self-expression, which denied the current state of things.
By the mid-70s, there was a need for the emergence of something new – rebellious and protesting. That was punk.
The first punk rockers shouting “Everyone can play this music!” Jumped in England in 1975. Punk rock was a man, but he could not get out of basements and small clubs – there was no leader.
The historic event took place on October 10, 1976: Terry Slater from EMI entered the London Club 100 Club. The Sex Puzzles band performed at the bar, Terry Slater presented how she might look in front of a large audience, and offered a contract. By that time, the group had already existed for a year, and the beginning of its career was promising: during a speech at St. Martin’s College in London, the director of a noble educational institution simply cut off electricity. By the time the contract was concluded, Sex Pistols were widely known in narrow circles.
Already after 2 months, EMI representatives said that the contract was a terrible mistake: “Sex Pistols” in the first, instantly becoming a classic of the genre, single “Anarchy in the United Kingdom” managed to offend the religious feelings of citizens. The next office to agree to work with Sex Pistols was A-and-M. The musicians recorded the second single “God Save the Queen”, and on the eighth day of collaboration, the campaign’s commercial director managed to squeeze out only two words: “I changed my mind”.
Punk scandals could be found in any newspaper. Either a group of citizens beat Kid Reed from the Boys group on the street, then the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vichez smashed the head of a music critic with a guitar, or a few days later the band’s vocalist Johnny Rotten was beaten on the street.
In England, it seems, there was not a single team left that could not resist the temptations of punk rock – everyone, from purely commercial to unconditionally talented, stuck the prefix “punk” to the name. Films were made about punks, books were written about them, they became the subject of dissertations. Critics competed in wit, and I must say punks gave them a reason for this. However, a safety pin in his nose became a symbol of decilent.
First of all, the fact that punk was wild, spiteful, but still fresh in the wind attracted. It seemed that everything had already been tried, ahead of the music there was only a repetition of the past, and the punks delighted as the last riotous, scandalous, but honest holiday of the outgoing rock and roll. In fact, all punk turned out to be the style of one band. “Sex Pistols” brought him popularity, but they have exhausted all his possibilities. The second great punk band “Flash” – refers to this style only in appearance.
The third “whale” of punk – the “Suez and the Banshees” group – has even less relation to punks than “Clesh”. From the very beginning, it was a kind of branch of Sex Pistols for developing the least violent projects, but became famous for being the first to use that mysterious and gloomy – to the ominous – sound that brought fame to so many – from Kueh to Depeche Mode . For many, punk was generally just a lifestyle, not a musical direction.
With the collapse of Sex Pistols, punk also collapsed – each cut something from it. Some, like the Hawley Moses, brought its sharpness to the limit – and it turned out trash. Others, on the contrary, took away the sharpness, like Yu-2, and post-punk came out, still others simply cut their hair and put a pin in their nose – a “new wave” was born.
Of course, the 70s are not only remarkable for punk, especially since rock began to branch out in its development so that it is quite difficult to keep track of all its stages. One of the achievements of the 70s is the emergence of hard rock. As an independent direction, hard rock stood out in the late 60s, and due to the fact that in its finished form it was conveyed to the listener by the outstanding guitarist Jimmy Hendricks, hard rock has since assumed the performance of virtuoso instrumentalists, which has benefited the music, and her fans.