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 Runaways

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Sunday 4 May 2014
Flamin' Groovies
The HickoidsConcert
The Kessler Theater
Dallas, United States
32.74943 -96.842563
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Thursday 8 May 2014
Chicago IL, United States
41.949918 -87.658831

22 going

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Monday 12 May 2014
Lady Lamb the BeekeeperConcert
Paradise Rock Club
Boston MA, United States
42.351784 -71.119549

24 going

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  • 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
  • CaulfieldNStop

    More hardcore than punk.

    August 2013
  • Nakkinak

    coolest genre ever. heavy rock music, plus it's not as faggy as extreme metal.

    January 2013
  • foxes_

    it's really just garage rock, but now that term is thrown around all too much and so proto-punk successfully refers to these bands specifically and not anything after the turn of the century.

    January 2013
  • foxes_

    proto-punk was a name applied retrospectively to a sub-genre of 60s rock music that was not considered a separate genre at the time. It is thought to have influenced the punk rock movement in the 1970s as punk rock shared the same stylistic components and song structures, hence the name proto-punk. quite simple actually.

    January 2013
  • PsychedelicCoin

    I made a playlist on 8tracks on proto punk. I hope you all like it!

    December 2012
  • owlies

    proto-punk just confuses the hell out of me. when does something stop becoming proto and start becoming punk? same goes for post. wish this genre had a definitive band to group the tags around, like minor threat=hardcore, post-minor threat=post-hardcore

    December 2012
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    September 2012
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