The first strains of Punk Rock music were heard as the Sixties counterculture movement in the US became conscious of a gnawing feeling that change could not be effected on a national level with a flower in a gun. Idealism gave way to outrage.
In Detroit, two bands, the MC5 and the Stooges made their malaise a sonic assault. The Stooges were the OG nihilists - they played because they couldn't care less. The MC5 maintained a hodgepodge pro-revolution, pro-drug philosophy, embodied in their White Panther party, which made them one of the first white bands to assume something resembling a political stance. Their appearance at the '68 Democratic Convention in Chicago marks the beginning of musical outrage entering political perimeters.
Bands like the New York Dolls and the Ramones in New York City also used the Stooges' attitude during the early 70's. It was all about dissolute fashion, dissonant sounds, and above all, doing it yourself. The unholy din began to resonate throughout Manhattan from the Lower East Side from scenes at Max's Kansas City and the Mercer Arts Center. The first newspaper on the scene, PUNK, was begotten in an abandoned storefront by Legs McNeil and Jon Holstrom, thus providing a moniker for this kind of attitude. Little by little, the smells of smoke, spunk, and hairspray drew the curious and the disaffected down to the clubs to take part in the burgeoning movement.