Punk Theory

A culture theory blog about punk and all of it's permutations.

An Apology

Henry Rollins: Fuck Suicide

First in a 3 part series in which Henry Rollins expresses his feeling about the death of Robin Williams to the dismay of his worthy constituents.

Ian Mackye & Glen Friedman Talk Classic Photos

Ian MacKaye (Evens, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Embrace) needs no introduction, fewer may know of Glen E. Friendman (Fuck You Heroes, My Rules) who was behind the camera (video and photo) for a number of punk and hip hop’s most defining images.  Here, Ian and Glen discuss photo, skateboarding and the essence of punk. 

"….alone I keep the wolves at bay…"

Happy birthday, Joe.  We miss you.

I hope that, when we are done with this, we can say that we played good music, we had a good time, but also, we did something that was an act of service to people, to our fans, or the kids who come to the shows.

Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy

We Destroy the Family: Punks vs Parents Part 1.  This is a 1982 news report on punk culture by an alarmist, reactionary news team.

Zero History #2
On this day in punk history, the Ramones played their final gig at the Palace in Hollywood.  Joining them onstage were members of the then-elite Seattle grunge scene, including Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as well as members of Rancid and the legendary Lemmy Kilminster of Motorhead, who joined them for a cover of Motorhead’s Ramones tribute song entitled “R.A.M.O.N.E.S”.  The show was released as a CD/DVD entitled “We’re Outta Here”.  They played over 30 songs and ended their 22 year run with a cover of the Dave Clark Five’s “Any Way You Want It”, a fitting ending for a band whose influence on punk and music in general is almost impossible to overstate.
Zero History is an ongoing feature detailing historical moments in a scene that takes a notoriously narrow view on history. 

Zero History #2

On this day in punk history, the Ramones played their final gig at the Palace in Hollywood.  Joining them onstage were members of the then-elite Seattle grunge scene, including Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as well as members of Rancid and the legendary Lemmy Kilminster of Motorhead, who joined them for a cover of Motorhead’s Ramones tribute song entitled “R.A.M.O.N.E.S”.  The show was released as a CD/DVD entitled “We’re Outta Here”.  They played over 30 songs and ended their 22 year run with a cover of the Dave Clark Five’s “Any Way You Want It”, a fitting ending for a band whose influence on punk and music in general is almost impossible to overstate.

Zero History is an ongoing feature detailing historical moments in a scene that takes a notoriously narrow view on history.