What is Punk ? - Martin Bisi -- with quotes by Lydia Lunch and Legs McNeil
So who am I ?
Let's go where the bio
doesn't take us. 1977 - I'm in high school. I ride the subway at night
instead of giving 100% to my homework. uhh.. 'Why ?' you ask. Graffiti.
Yes that was my empowering activity as a young man. I was contributing
to the prodigious chaos that decorated the subway walls and doors of the
day. Tellingly, we called this 'bombing' the trains This visual assault
of color and seemingly meaningless words, was for the average subway
rider, a perfect metaphor for the unhinging of society in the late 70's -
the urban blight era that will surely have a mythic place in American
history, similar to the Wild West. Well, where does Punk come in ?