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Bird Is the Word

Surf Punk and Rockaway Beach

Relief art of Ramones in jeans and leather jackets made of fabric, wool and found objects.
By Martín Sigwald on Wikimedia Commons

Punk reached its height in the late 1970s and bands influenced by surf married the tough attitude of Link Wray’s “Rumble” and Dick Dale’s cacophonous guitar muscle with more edge and postmodern sentiment. Punk was not just rebellious and raucous. It was angrier. And with the family-meets-gang framework of Ramones members…




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Jessica Lee McMillan

Jessica Lee McMillan

Poet, Iconoclast, Word Nerd. Likes shiny things. Writes on Philosophy, Music, Nature.

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