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To label a band proto-punk before mid 70’s bands like Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd ignores that those bands spawned punk.  To label a band post punk because they came after the 100 days of punk is equally as misleading.  To label what started in the US but wasn't labeled as punk till it went to the UK is confusing. Music that emerged as a response to the excesses and out of touch performances of popular mid 70’s rock with songs that were short and fast with political or anti-establishment lyrics delivered in a blunt and confrontational manner describes these music samples in chronological order however you want to label them.

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     The Clash    The Defining Moment of the punk movement: January 1, 1977, Roxy Club, London, featured in the BBC documentary by Julian Temple.    The Clash - BBC documentary 2014

The Clash   The Defining Moment of the punk movement: January 1, 1977, Roxy Club, London, featured in the BBC documentary by Julian Temple.   The Clash - BBC documentary 2014

Poster for the 1977 New Year's Day Gala at the Roxy Club, London

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     Sex Pistols  The most identifiable band associated with the movement.

Sex Pistols The most identifiable band associated with the movement.

Documentary by Julian Temple charts the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols   Trailer

Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen album art by Jamie Reid has been described as the single most iconic image of the punk era.

1977 God Save the Queen