2016 marks the 40th anniversary of “punk,” which could be said to have “officially” begun with the release of the first Ramones record in April of 1976. Punk was a youth subculture that embraced a back-to-basics, do-it-yourself attitude in rock music and in general, rejecting the excesses of late 1970s mainstream rock and roll and mainstream culture. In its various expressions, it was anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian and anti-racist. It’s sound was fast, loud, energetic and accessible. The idea was that anyone (even you!) could start a band and a revolution, and do it now.
This exhibit, on 4 West of the Main Library, follows the development of punk (pre and post), its antecedents, its cultural contexts, and its aftermath through a demonstration of some of the possibilities for research using materials available through the MSU Libraries.
Special thanks to Shelby Kroske for her graphics.