Protopunk is a term used to describe a number of performers who were important precursors of the punk rock movement of the mid-1970s and later, or who have been cited by early punk rockers as influential. Their varieties of music span the spectrum from the avant garde pop of the Velvet Underground, the dirty Detroit rock n roll of The Stooges and the MC5 to the political messages of Patti Smith. Read more…|Edit this Artist photo: The Velvet Underground

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Friday 25 September 2015
TelevisionConcert Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
Pittsburgh, United States
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  • sls

    I've been digging deep into the 60s/70s record crates lately and a lot of what I pull up I find being called "proto-punk". It seems that punk didn't start with the Ramones et al., but was gradually developed out of the noisier, grittier side of garage rock over a decade or more. In that way, you could just as well call punk "post-garage". You could date it back to early Kinks and The Who, at least. (to use some more well known examples) If it's not known to you, you owe it to yourself to check it out...

    December 2014
  • Lolah_Collins

    October 2014
  • OGRastamon

    September 2014
  • smokingcinema

    coolest genre ever

    June 2014
  • nightdean

    The Velvet Underground <3

    May 2014
  • OTCculture

    I had no idea I listened to so much "proto-punk" :P i always regarded this as classic punk and bands like bad brains and black flag as hardcore. Granted, the bands under this tag (Stooges, NY Dolls, VU) are really in a league of their own and i respect seeing them distinguished from other acts

    May 2014
  • jovius

    genre is bullshit

    April 2014
  • DJElsloo

    It's great having this comprehensive collection of artists that laid the foundation for punk music. I did see the wrong band called "Death" in the list (who are heavy metal and started their band way later). The original band named Death is from Detroit. They released their first album under that name in 1976.

    December 2013
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