noun /pəNGk/ punks, pluralA worthless person (often used as a general term of abuse)A criminal or hoodlumderogatory. (in prison slang) A passive male homosexualAn inexperienced young person; a noviceA loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980sAn admirer or player of such music, typically characterized by colored spiked hair and clothing decoratedwith safety pins or zippersSoft, crumbly wood that has been attacked by fungus, sometimes used as tinderadjective /pəNGk/In poor or bad condition- I felt too punk to eatOf or relating to punk rock and its associated subculture- a punk band- a punk haircut
“To me, punk is about being an individual andgoing against the grain and standing up andsaying This is who I am’.”Joey Ramone
“I used to go the punk clubs such as a gay club inPoland Street that everyone would go to because itwas the only place you could go to looking like thatwithout getting beaten senseless.”Gary Numan
“People forget the punk thing was really goodfor women. It motivated them to pick up aguitar rather than be a chanteuse. It allowed usto be aggressive.”Siouxsie Sioux
“Wed try the clothes on in Acme Attractions, fluffy fakefur jumpers with plastic see-through breastpanels, rubber tops and trousers. I wanted plasticdungarees, but they looked horrible. I got Mum to copythe clothes, tight black T-shirts with zips across thenipples. "I should open my own shop. This stuff takesfive minutes to make" Mum didnt understand theimportance of an original.”- Boy George
“People call me the grandmother of punkbut I never call myself anything”Patti Smith
VELVETUNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground, mana ged by Andy Warhol (1966–1967)
• 1977 Unemployment running at 5.7%. Young people hardest hit.• 2012 Unemployment running at 8.3%. Youth the hardest hit.• 1977 Controversy over police "racist" use of "sus" law.• 2012 Debate over police use of "racist" stop and search laws.• 1977 Household incomes saw a fall of 2.7%.• 2012 Household incomes fell by 2.7%.• 1977 Queen celebrates silver jubilee.• 2012 Queen celebrates her diamond jubilee• 1977 Firemen and print workers in pay disputes.• 2012 Public services unions line up to reject pension reforms• 1977 A horse called Red Rum won the heart of the nation.• 2012 A horse called Joey (War Horse) gripped film fans attention.