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Why everyone should own at least one punk cd

Uploaded by Janclan66 on Nov 15, 2003

Jonathan Yentzen
CMCN 200

Outline for Persuasive Speech
Topic: Why everyone should own one Punk CD.

a. By a show of hands I would like to see how many of you listen to Punk Rock. Today I’d like to talk to you about this genre of music that was created in reaction to other forms of music, and hopefully influence you to check it out and maybe even buy a CD.
i. I’ve been listening to punk since the 6th grade.
ii. I’d like to give you a brief history, Philosophy behind the music, and how what you hear today on the radio isn’t quite the same. I’ve included a few of the bands that I like to give you an idea what I’m talking about. Punk rock is much more than just music as music is just expressions of what people hold dear to them.
Transition statement: But since I don’t have all day to talk lets go to a brief history.
a. The origins of the genre, like any other, are hard to pinpoint exactly when and where. Unlike any other genre, however, it was started as a deliberate reaction to the mass commercialism of music, where trends were sold with music on top for giant record labels to make profit. Roots can be traced back to the Velvet Underground, who while were not commercially successful, were considered to heavily influence the genre. Brian Eno is purported to have said that, "Only five thousand people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every single one of them started a band." By the time 1976 came around, bands such as The Ramones and The Clash clearly defined the lines of punk and the DIY attitude. Culture can be defined by fashion such as:
i. Severe haircuts, (ex. Mohawk)
ii. Body piercings, (often with safety pins)
iii. Taking clothes others would throw away or sell at garage sales. “Punk chic” has largely been absorbed by the mainstream.

b. The Philosophy behind punk is beauty in simplicity. DIY stands for Do It Yourself and is an attitude and ethic that anyone can form a punk band. The early UK punk fanzine “Sniffing Glue” once famously included drawings of three chord shapes, captioned, "here's a chord, here's another one, here's another one. Now form a band") The acutal musical structure of punk itself reflects this attitude with simple power chord structure, usual...

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Uploaded by:   Janclan66

Date:   11/15/2003

Category:   Social Issues

Length:   3 pages (636 words)

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